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"The Holy Famil.y with the 
Infant John the Baptist," a 
rare copper engraving executed 
by Peter Firens. A Flemish 
artist working in Paris dur- 
ing the earlv seventeenth cen- 
tury, Firens" lovely work typi- 
fies the tradition uf print- 
making of that time. This 
print is one of many in The 
Sweet Briar Collection. 

We have decided to use this issue of the Alumnae Magazine to 
convey our traditional Christmas message of renewed good wishes 
and shared hopes for an ever better and more joyful world — the kind 
of world made possible by divine guidance, inspiration, and never- 
ending redemptive love. 

Rising costs of design, printing, and postage have persuaded us 
that the many alumnae and friends of Sweet Briar — ^to whom we turn 
so frequently for support — would appreciate an effort at even a minor 

The form is clearly different, but the spirit remains unchanged. 
God bless us every one! 

Edith and Harold Whiteman 

Sweet Briar House 

December, 1974 

Volume 45, Number 1. Fall 1974 
Editor: Catharine Fitzgerald Booker '47 
Managing Editor: Ann Morrison Reams "42 
Class Notes Editor: Carolyn Bates 

2 As We Work Together for Sweet Briar 

By Barbara Blair, Dean of the College 

4 A Journey to Virginia: Commencement 1974 
By Catherine C. Reynolds '49 

8 A Matter of Degree— The Class of '69 

1 1 See Anybody You Know? 

14 Mary Ann Lee, 1909 - 1974 

15 Bernice Drake Lill, 1894 - 1974 

16 Letters to the Editor 

17 Briar Patches 

22 Alumnae Notices 

33 Uses of a Grant \: Arts in America since 1945 

35 Uses of a Grant II: The Changing South 
By Lawrence Noreiga 

38 Uses of a Grant III: American Studies, Winter 
Term and Dr. Susman, By Paul C. Taylor 

40 Uses of a Grant IV: Our New Program in 

European Studies, By Robert P. Gilpin 

42 Uses of a Grant V: International Environmental 
Studies, By Milan E. Hapala 

46 Uses of a Grant VI: A Teachers' Workshop 
By Langley Wood 

48 Ingles Gift Brightens the Old Cabin 

By Julia deColigny '34 

49 Estate Planning News 

Issued four times yearly: fall, winter, spring and summer, by Sweet 
Briar College. Second class postage paid at Sweet Briar, Virginia 
24595, and at additional mailing offices. Printed by J. P. Bell 
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THE COVER: Dean Barbara Blair is Associate Professor of Chem- 
istry and taught introductory chemistry and biochemistry for twelve 
years before her appointment as Dean of the College in late summer 
1974. In the cover photo, she re-visits the chem lab to show Lili Tebo 
and Paula Brown, both '78, how to use a buret. Lili is the daughter 
of Camille Moss Tebo '49 and granddaughter of Sallie Waison Tebo 


In a bulletin to the Board of Overseers, June 26. 
1974, President Whiteman announced that Dr. Bar- 
bara Blair had accepted appointment to succeed 
Dean Catherine S. Sims, as of Sept. 1. 1974. Dean 
Blair came to Sweet Briar as Assistant Professor of 
Chemistry in 1962. A resident of Gastonia, N.C., she 
received her B.A. from Agnes Scott in 1948: her M.S. 
and Ph.D. from Tennessee (1953 and 1956), all in 
Chemistry. Having spent her first five post-doctoral 
years in research, she then taught at Wilson College 
for two years before coming to Sweet Briar. 

In 1967 she gained tenure as Associate Professor 
and became a Fellow of the American Association for 
the Advancement of Science. In 1968-69 she served 
as a Lecturer at Women's Christian College. Madras, 
India. Returning to Sweet Briar she became part-time 
Assistant to Dean Sims, in addition to her teaching. 
Dean Blair is a Fellow in the American Institute of 
Chemists, has served Sweet Briar as a Phi Beta Kappa 
officer and as Faculty Marshall, and this past winter 
became Chairman of the Virginia Blue Ridge Section 
of the American Chemical Society. 

"As We Work Together for Sweet Briar'' 

by Barbara Blair, 
Dean of Sweet Briar College 

1 look forward to my new responsibilities with mixed 
emotions. Humility is one of these produced by a glance 
at the accomplishments of the five distinguished and 
scholarly women whom I follow as Dean. 

There is some reassurance in believing that my ap- 
pointment is compatible with the traditions of the 
College. The first Board of Directors of Sweet Briar 
College advised the President to employ as professors 
and associates women who are "competent to act as 
Dean or Sub-Dean . . . ." My experience as a faculty 
member and as Assistant Dean is in accordance with 
the Sweet Briar tradition of doing the best with what 
you have. Twice before in the history of the College, 
the Academic Dean has been appointed from the fa- 

I look upon my new duties with apprehension. The 
1970's are not an easy time for higher education in 
general and the private women's college in particular. 
Major problems such as inflation, the disenchantment 
of youth with the life of the mind, and the popularity 
of coeducation make the seventies a challenging time. 
However, any alumna who has read Martha Lou 
Stohlman's Story of Sweet Briar College knows that 
the history is one of overcoming difficulties, many of 
them similar to problems which face us today. 

Therefore, I also look upon the future with optimism. 
It will be my goal to work with all those who are deter- 
mined to keep the College a dynamic, academically 
sound, exciting place where intelligent, thoughtful. 

energetic young women will want to study and prepare 
themselves for the future. Opportunities are opening 
for women in fields which they might not have con- 
sidered ten years ago. Advancement in the professions, 
in business, in government and even in higher edu- 
cation is becoming more of a possibility for women. 
These new opportunities make the task of a college 
more challenging. 

It is my hope that Sweet Briar can obtain and keep 
faculty who will impart to students an enthusiasm for 
learning as well as a sound introduction to a specific 
discipline. It has been my experience that each faculty 
member has great independence to teach his discipline 
in the way he thinks best. I hope this tradition will 

I interpret the duties of the Academic Dean to be 
protection of the academic integrity of the College, 
encouragement of the faculty in their teaching and re- 
search endeavors, support of the best traditions of 
Sweet Briar College, and seeking ways of making a 
Sweet Briar education one for the present time and 
one which anticipates the twenty-first century. 

Sweet Briar alumnae are one of the major strengths 
of the College. I hope you concur in my interpretation 
of the duties of a Dean and ask for your support in 
carrying out these duties. I look forward to renewing 
acquaintance with many of you and meeting others 
as we work together for Sweet Briar College. □ 

Barbara Blair, Dean of the 
College, at work in her office 
in Fletcher. In addition to 
man} hours spent there coun- 
seling students and poring 
over endless stacks of paper, 
she must also be present — 
and often must hold the chair 
— at a multitude of commit- 
tee meetings. 

A Journey to Virginia: 

Commencement 1974 

by Catherine Cox Reynolds '49, 
Mayor, West Hartford, Connecticut 

I was overwhelmed and so pleased when Mary Witt. 
your class president, invited me to be your commence- 
ment speaker. Since I have never performed in this 
role, I feel greatly honored. And through the most for- 
tuitous of circumstances your invitation coincides with 
my own 25th Sweet Briar reunion. 

I had been considering attending reunion because 
of my great affection for this marvelous insitution and 
my classmates as well as a certain curiosity as to the 
number of grey hairs, occupations, husbands, children 
and grandchildren they have acquired over the last 
25 years. 

Your invitation persuaded me that this indeed was 
the year to journey to Virginia. 

I keep up with college news through the conventional 
channels available to alumnae and more recently 
through Time magazine. I was interested to note in 
that sparkling publication that your mild Virginia cli- 
mate allows mid-winter streaking. 

Since the occasions of your graduation and my 25th 
reunion are the same, I hope I may be allowed some 
reminiscences on the 1949 graduation. Thanks to my 
roommate, Preston Hill, v\ho saved a wealth of me- 
morabilia, I have the program for that event. The set- 
ting was the Daisy Williams gymnasium. The tempera- 
ture was 90 degrees and air-conditioning was unknown 
except in theaters. The number of graduates was 75, 
less than half your number this morning. President 
Martha Lucas presided. We sang "Once to Every Man 
and Nation" which exhorted us to choose good over 
evil in the strife of Truth with Falsehood. We didn't 
know then how many times there would be to make 
that choice and how truth can become mixed with false- 
hood. The speaker was Monsieur Henri Bonnet, the 
French Ambassador to the United States, I have not 
the slightest recollection of what he said. That fact 
reassures me that what I say here today will probably 
not be used against me in the future. 

Mayor Reynolds as a senior in 1949. Beneath the picture, the Briar 
Patch commented that she was "addicted to bridge and discussions 
on grave problems, (and) her actions and thoughts are sincere, un- 
prejudiced and unpredictable." 

yyuv graduation occurred at a pivotal time in history. 

Harry Truman had recently been re-elected Pres- 
ident of the United States. And the words from the 
White House were plain, rather uninspiring, unvarn- 
ished and untaped. In this day, when we politicians 
are increasingly urged to do what is pragmatic and 
popular, we remember with some longing Harry Tru- 
man's courageous decision-making. 

In 1949 the United States had begun its long war of 
nen'es with Russia. We responded to the seige of Berlin 
with a retaliatory air-lift. Czechoslovakia, for the sec- 
ond time in a decade, had fallen victim to the aggres- 
sive designs of a foreign tyranny. Ghandi, who had 
freed India from colonial rule by non-violent means, 
met violent death. The new State of Israel was suffer- 
ing bombing raids from some of its Arab neighbors. 
And Peking had fallen to the Chinese Communists. 
Plus ca change, plus c 'est la meme chose. 

The state was being set for the events of the next 
quarter century, but most of the class of 1949 did not 
know or care. The climate of the times, so soon after 
the enormous efforts and sacrifices sustained in War 
II, was one of turning in toward family, home and 

Women's Lib had not been dreamed of. Betty 
Friedan was happily mopping her kitchen floor in those 
days. Marriage was the highest goal of the class of 
1949, and the sooner it was accomplished the better. 
Half of our class were engaged to be married when 
we graduated; wedding bells. Lane hope chests and 
gleaming waxed floors beckoned in the immediate 
future. The words of a current song set the standards 
for the perfect wife: 

The girl that I marry will have to be 
As soft and as sweet as a nursery. 
The girl I call my own 
Will wear ribbons and laces and 
smell of cologne. 


hose of us who were not so soft and so sweet as a 
nursery postponed marriage, not through choice but 
through lack of opportunity. A few of us (fewer than 
five, I think) went to graduate school. Thirty percent 
of you will be going to graduate school. The rest of 
us went to work, or tried to, in a labor market swelled 
with War II veterans who had just finished college. 
We did our best in so-called "female" fields — teaching, 
social work, retailing, secretarial work. Business and 
the sciences were closed to all but the most talented, 
determined or highly trained. 

I can't tell you the business world is waiting for you 
with open arms tomorrow. But I know there are more 
opportunities for well-educated working women than 
there were 25 years ago. And believe it or not, we have 
a former Virginia Congressman to thank for opening 
up opportunities for women. 

You may remember Congressman Howard R. Smith 
(known to all as Ole Judge Smith) who controlled 

In the same class was Preston Hodges Hill, now President of the 
Alumnae Association, carrying on a talent first realized when she 
was elected President of Student Government. 

Congress through the early 1960's by his single-handed 
domination of all bills which came through the House 
Rules Committee, of which he was the all-powerful 
Chairman. Congressman Smith, an 81 year-old Virginia 
gentleman of the old school in 1965, hardly acceded to 
the ideals of Betty Friedan or Gloria Steinham. But 
history may record him a high place in the annals of 
women's liberation. For it was Judge Smith who added 
the word "sex" to the Civil Rights Act's prohibition 
of discrimination. Instead of blockading the Civil 
Rights Bill in the Rules Committee, the Congressman 
thought that his subterfuge of adding "sex" to race, 
age and national origin was an infallible method of 
defeating the whole bill. The sex provision was treated 
as a joke on the floor of Congress, but the bill was 
eventually passed. 

1 he real joke is that laws against sex discrimination 
are now taken seriously, and I would venture to say 
that the 1%5 Civil Rights Act has done more for the 
cause of women's rights than any other piece of legis- 
lation since women's suffrage. Businesses, governmental 
agencies and professional educational institutions must 
all show the civil rights inspectors that they are 
doing their fair share in providing opportunities for 

I expect that the many alternatives to marriage avail- 
able to you will mean marriage at a later time than 
the age considered ideal by the class of 1949. I think 
that is a good thing. As I look back over the last 25 

This pholo from the '49 Briar Patch shows the late Dr. Lawrence 
Nelson reading with a group of students in the late forties. 

years of my life, it seems to me that nothing is more 
important than finding out who you are before you 
bind your Hfe up to someone else's. 

Your years at Sweet Briar have helped you to self- 
discovery. You will continue the process through work, 
through further formal learning, through acquaintance 
with other people. And when you t'md yourself, hang 
on to it! 


romen for generations have poured their own lives 
into the lives of others. This generosity has been one 
of the great strengths of society and of the family. But 
it has deterred women from discovering their own 
identities apart from their families. And it is important 
that when your children no longer need you, you need 
to have something you know well or can do well. 

Unbelievable as it may seem, it is none too early for 
you to start planning for your own 25th reunion. If 
you continue developing the interests you have begun 
here, you'll be able to talk to your reunion classmates 
about something other than your children and grand- 
children, fascinating as they may be. 

Wide experience now in your youth will give you 
confidence when you are 45. And that's when you need 
it. If you are going to return to a significant life out- 
side the home after some years of full-time family nur- 
turing, you will need assurance. And that assurance will 
come from earlier experience and the knowledge that 

you have skills to offer the world. 

I'm not telling anyone who wants to get married 
right away not to do it (And what I have to say would 
have very little influence anyway in such a case.). But I 
am saying: "Be careful whom you marry." Beware the 
overly protective male. Although it's nice to be taken 
care of, protection breeds dependence. And over-depen- 
dence on another person will keep you from reaching 
your own full potential. 

I hope at least a few of you will find your competency 
in politics. Government (particularly state and local 
government) is a natural extension of woman's tradi- 
tional role of nurturing and caretaking. The field re- 
quires not a talent for oratory so much as perseverance 
and patience, two long-respected feminine virtures. 
Politics is often thought of as a dirty business. How- 
ever, politics is the way things get done in America. 
As Edmund Burke said long ago, "All that is necessary 
for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." 

This is the time when we need the special courage 
and independence which women can bring to politics. 
Women, for the most part, are not dependent on their 
political positions for their livelihood. This gives us 
an advantage over men who sometimes need jobs too 
much to risk political unpopularity. If being an elected 
official isn't for you, be an active supporter or opponent 
to the office holders. When you feel discontent with 
developments in your community, don't just sit on the 
sidelines and complain. Work through a political party 

organization or through the League of Women Voters 
to translate your ideas into political action. 

Elected officials need support from people who are 
still willing and able to dream of a better would. 
Anatole France said, "To accomplish great things, we 
must not only act, but also dream, not only plan but 
also believe." I know my own job would be infinitely 
more difficult if it were not for some of the creative 
citizens of West Hartford who have offered their ideas, 
their dreams and their energy to help me achieve cer- 
tain goals for the town. 

Some of you may want actually to run for office. Go 
ahead. I may be the first Sweet Briar mayor, but I'm 
sure I won't be the last. There has never been a time 
when political opportunities are better for women than 
they are today. Some 3,000 women will likely be run- 
ning for local, state and national office this fall. This 
is three times as many as the number who ran in 1973. 
The fact that women have been separated from "poli- 
ticians" for so long puts them in a strong position now, 
when the public regards politicians with increasing 
distrust. If you want to toss your cap into the ring, go 

1 doubt that there has ever been a better time to be a 
graduate of Sweet Briar College. Your opportunities 
are much wider than ours were. Society is awakening 
to the fact that educated women are the nation's most 
promising unused resource. My friend Minerva Neiditz 
is chairman of the Connecticut Commission on the 
Status of Women. She is a Shakespeare scholar rather 
than an ardent feminist, but she describes the times 
this way: 

"This is the time when society is seeking to redress 
the long-time discrimination against women. We are 
coming into a time when we will have not a sexless 
society, but a society where sex does not control every 
aspect of life, a society where jobs are sexless, laws 
are sexless; when nurturing, caretaking and decision- 
making are shared by both sexes, and the human mind 
is free to invent the solutions we need." 

Thank you for inviting me to be with you today. I 
wish you luck, love and opportunity in your future and 
will hope to see you at your twenty-fifth reunion and 
my fiftieth. D 

Katie Cox Reynolds, Tau Phi, stands in the top row second from 



A. B. '69 


W hen you find yourself, hang on to it" is what 
Catherine Cox Reynolds, '49, told the graduating class 
at commencement 1974. If Katie Reynolds could look 
through alumnae files she would find that many Sweet 
Briar alumnae have found themselves at least in this 
"matter of degree," or post-graduate study. 

Let us look at one class. The Class of 1969, to in- 
dicate that Sweet Briar's liberal arts education does 
prepare its alumnae for success in graduate work. 
Reading the available data of '69. we note: 

Judith Daniel Adams: Taking a U.Va. extension course 
to renew teacher's certificate. 

Jan Huguenin Assmus: Master of Arts, Univ. North 
Carolina. Field: biology-neurophysiology. Formerly 
worked at Dartmouth Medical School in research in 
heart physiology. 

Harriet Coons Babbitt: J. D., Arizona State Univ. Full- 
time work with law firm of Robbins, Green. O'Grady & 
Abbuhl, Phoeni.x. She spent her junior year in Spain. 

Beverly Basset t: Continuing graduate work in Finance. 
New York Univ. Full-time work as Research Analyst 
in Mergers & Acquisitions, Morgan, Stanley & Co. 


Mary Blake Beeler: Master of Science degree, Southern 
Methodist. Full-time work in Computer Science. Owner 
of a Dress Boutique in Dallas. 

Martha Brewer: In Pre-medicine, Georgia State Univ. 
graduate school. Works as a Graduate Resident in a 
1 ,000 woman dormitory. 

Courtney Cash: Master's degree from U.Va. in Coun- 
seling and math education. Works full-time as market- 
ing representative for IBM. 

Claudette Dalton: M.D. degree from U.Va., 1974. 
Taking a Residency in Anesthesiology. 

Kitty Wright Dippel: M.A. in French from Univ. of 

Kay Hutton Eadie: Receives M.A. in Special 
cation this fall from Peabody College, Nashville. 


Cunilyii Jones Elstner: Master's from U.Va., in Early 
Childhood Development. Teaches kindergarten for 
Pittsburgh public schools. 

Tessa Predmore Gaddis: MLS degree, Columbia Univ. 
Interests: music, mysticism, metaphysics. 

Carolyn Hollister Holmfelt: Completed study at Insti- 
tute of Finance and became a stockbroker, 1970. 

Beth Beckner Henke: Graduate study in Ecology, 
George Washington Univ. Works as lab technician, 
N.C. Memorial Hospital, Chapel Hill. 

Sally Boucher Hovermale: Graduate work in Education, 
U.Va. Works part-time as real estate agent. 

Mimi Stockover Hull: Plans for graduate study this 

Margaret Gibbes Jackson: MSLS (Library Science) 
from Simmons College. Full-time work as serials libra- 
rian. Medical Univ. of South Carolina. 

Gretchen Buis Jones: Graduate studies in Humanities, 
Univ. of London, Univ. of Edinburgh. Teaches En- 
glish, St. Catherine's School. 

Jan Sheets Jones: MAT, Georgia Univ., in Mathema- 
tics. Teaches high school math and is dept. chairman, 
The Dwight School, New York. 

Mimi Lane: Volunteer work, WCET-TV, Cincinnati. 
Writes promotional articles. Plans to get Master's in 
Education, with concentration in Educational TV. 

Elizabeth Blackwell Laundon: Working on MBA at 
Georgia State Univ. Expects degree bv Dec. '74. 

Elizabeth Lewis: Studying medicine, LSU Medical 

Melinda Koester Lopez: Graduate study in field of 
the exceptional child, Univ. South Florida. Worked in 
Vietnam with Red Cross; worked as recreational thera- 
pist for emotionally-disturbed children in Tampa, Fla. 

Virginia Taylor Lopez: Master's degree, U.Va., in En- 
glish Education. Teaches high school English, Wood- 
bridge, Va. 


Mary-Elizabeth Medaglia: J. D. from U. Va. Law 
School. Law Clerk to the Honorable Stanley S. Harris, 
Associate Judge, District of Columbia Court of Ap- 
peals. Appointed Assistant United States District At- 
torney for the District of Columbia, as of Sept. 1, 1974. 
Interests: fox hunting, theater, tennis. 

Joan Adriance Mickelson: Graduate study in Elemen- 
tary Education. Teaches 5th and 6th grade math and 
science, Athens, Ohio. 

Ann Moore: Master's degree in Music (organ and 
church music), Ohio State Univ. Employed by the Univ. 
Music House "which distributes music throughout the 
States." An organist with a Columbus church. Ann 
formerly was an Assistant in SBC's Art Dept. 


Ann Mathews: Graduate school, UNC, Chapel Hill, 
in field of Music. Works full-time as Head Copyright & 
Royalty Depts.. Carl Fischer, Inc., a music publisher. 
Works part-time as a professional actress, singer, 
dancer. "Did Medea off-Broadway as chorus leader." 

Patricia Winton Mundy: Graduate work at U.Va. and 
Lynchburg College, in Education. Teaches full-time 
at Amherst Academy. 

Paula Dickey Murphy: Begins work this fall on Mas- 
ter's degree in Fine Arts. 

Nancy Wending Peacock: M.A. in History. Peabody 
College. Teaches full-time (social studies). Clarkson 
High School, Atlanta. Interests: piano, crafts, tennis, 

Joan Horowitz Pellaton: Graduate study, Univ. N.C., 
in Communications. Full-time job as travel agent. 

Jane Illingworth Pierre: Ph.D. in Music from UNC/ 
Chapel Hill. Full-time work as Administrative Assis- 
tant, Brown Univ. Dept. of Music. 

Michelle de Raismes: Master's degree in Italian Litera- 
ture, Rutgers. She holds a Fellowship, is working on 
her Ph.D. Interests: Dance (traditional Japanese), 
photography, movies. 

Mary Ann Kilpatrick Russell: Master's from U.Va. in 
European History and French. Teaches high school 
French and history. 

Lynn Pearson Russell: In graduate school working 
for her Master's in History of Art. Is a Graduate As- 

Susan Scanlun: Working on her Ph.D. in French and 
Spanish at Tulane. Is Press Secretary/Legislative Aide 
to U.S. Congressman Charles H. Wilson. Interests: 
free-lance writing, theater, woman's movement. 

Judith Powell Speer: In graduate school, SMU, in 
field of English. Works full-time in broadcast broker- 
age (selling radio/TV stations). Interests: painting, 
woodworking, tennis. Women's Lib. 

Judith Norton Stokes: Public Relations Chairman and 
Coordinator of Common Cause, Greater Houston. 
Works as Assistant to the President of International 
Import Co. Plans to enter Law School, Univ. Houston, 
Sept. 1974. 

Mabry Chambliss Swanson: Working on her Ph.D. 
in Classics, Univ. of Washington, Seattle. 


Sharon Singletary Vanzant: M.Ed., U.Va., in field of 
Education for the Mentally Handicapped. Works as 
Consultant. Mentally Handicapped, South Carolina 
Dept. of Education. Interests: golf, tennis, skiing. 

Mary Nelson Wade: Taking graduate courses and 
working for a brokerage firm. 

Maria Ward: M.A. in Mathematics, Univ. South Caro- 
lina. Employed as Assistant Engineer with Southern 
Bell, Columbia, S.C. Interests: politics, reading, volun- 
teer work. 

Patricia Gilroy Warwick: Working for her Ph.D. in 
Biochemistry, Univ. Cincinnati. 

Sylvia Wederath: M.A. in English Literature, George- 
town Univ. Works as Education Program Specialist 
of Linguistics Research, the National Institute of Edu- 
cation, Washington. Interests: painting, work on Ph.D. 
in Clinical Psychology. 

Elizabeth H. Seabury Wyatt: M.Ed., Boston Univ., in 
the field of Counseling Psychology. Currently, she is 
Director of Women's Affairs and Special Assistant 
to the VP for Student Affairs, Boston College. Former- 
ly, a Clinical Psychology Intern at Nevvlon Guidance 
Center. Included in Who's Who of American Women. 
Interests: psychology, academic administration, wo- 
men's rights. 

Alberta Zotack: M.S. (field of Student Personnel in 
Higher Education) from Syracuse Univ. Assistant Dean 
of Students and Counselor. Sweet Briar. 

This brief report on the Class of 1969 clearly shows 
that our alumnae are moving ahead in the fields of law, 
medicine, language, education, biology, communica- 
tions, finance, music, fine arts, business administration, 
psychology, the classics, mathematics, library science, 
and ecology. You name it, our alumnae are there. We 
trust that their Sweet Briar education has been a splen- 
did stepping-stone to further success and accomplish- 
ment. [] 

See anybody^ 

This Alumnae i^uive nas a- irea* 
sure of old and not-so-old photo- 
graphs, many of them unadorned 
bj identification. _ In the next 
several issues we will share our 
trove with you, and hope that 
you will share with us your re- 
cognition of the people, places 
and times they depict. 

(Upper left) Martha Darden '19, in the Junior Class Plaj', "Qualitj' 
Street." She is said to liave been wearing one of Daisy Williams' ball 

(Above) Alice Scott '30 and Mathilda Jones '31 in the 1931 May Day. 

(Lower left) It is clear that the occasion is May Day and the costume 
is avian. We think the year is 1933, but there the lapse begins. 


(Above) Another blank. The clothing is early forties and 
the quartet has that air of jaunty confidence usually found 
in class officers. 

(Below) We know who most of these ladies are but there 
is not much certainty as to when. Can you help? A note 
to the Editor would be appreciated. 



Mary Ann Lee 

1909 — 1974 

SWEET BRIAR— Dr. Mary Ann Lee. Professor of 
Mathematics at Sweet Briar College, died Friday. Sept. 
6, in Lynchburg General Hospital following a short 

Born in Prescott. Ark.. Miss Lee grew up in El- 
dorado. Ark., and graduated with honors from Ran- 
dolph-Macon Woman's College in 1930. She received 
her M.A. from the University of Wisconsin in 1940 
and her Ph.D. from Cornell in 1948. 

After teaching in secondary schools, both public and 
private, she became an instructor of mathematics at 
Randolph-Macon Woman's College in 1942 and in 
1946 came to Sweet Briar as Assistant Professor and 
chairman of the mathematics department. 

Dr. Lee held the chairmanship of the department 
for the next 20 years and was appointed Professor 
of Mathematics in 1957. 

She was honored by election to Randolph-Macon's 
chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and was also elected to 
Sigma Xi and Sigma Delta Epsilon. She held mem- 
berships in the American Association of University 
Professors. American Association of University Wo- 
men, American Mathematics Society. Mathematical 
Association of America, National Council of Teachers 
of Mathematics and the Virginia Academy of Science. 

She became an applied mathematician for the Rand 
Corporation during a sabbatical leave from Sweet Briar 
in 1953-54 and served as a consultant to the corpora- 
tion in 1955. Through this experience, she discovered 
early the value of computers in the teaching of mathe- 
matics and the enrichment and expansion of mathe- 
matical principles in light of the computer. 

Dr. Lee, a true humanist, saw mathematics as one 
of the liberal arts. The breadth and depth of this un- 
derstanding was evidenced by her attending the Inter- 
national Congress of Mathematicians in Edinburgh 
in 1958, joining the Asian Seminar in India, 1960-61, 
the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics meet- 
ing in Alberta, 1966, and many other national confer- 

Her contributions to Sweet Briar College, beyond her 
teaching, included the chairmanship of the faculty 
bookshop committee, a long-standing member of the 
committee on admissions and participation on numer- 
ous other committees through the years. Not the least 
of her interests was the faculty show to which she added 
zest and humor. 

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, contri- 
butions be made to Sweet Briar scholarship funds in 
memory of Miss Lee. 

(The above obituary is the official release from the Col- 
lege. Feeling that the alumnae would like a persona! 
touch, we asked for the following post scriptum from 

Miss Lee's friend of long standing. Miss Jane C. 
Belcher, Dorys McConnell Duberg Professor of Eco- 
logy. — Editor. ) 

Last Saturday, September seventh, Laura Buckham, 
Ty Dahl and I composed what appears above for the 
local papers. Only a few hours later Laura, consider- 
ing whom to invite for dinner, almost automatically 
first thought of Mary Ann. Now, on Tuesday, others 
have had similar experiences and, like Laura, have 
suddenly been numbed by the realization that Mary 
Ann is gone. Impossible. 

I can guess what Mary Ann meant to her 28 years' 
accumulation of math students, knowing what they 
meant to her. More confidently, if inadequately, I 
can speak of what she meant to us, the 60-odd-year- 
old Swingers (more than 60, more than odd, and less 
swingers except to strains of the Charleston). Most 
of us have been together since the era of Meta Glass, 
have known four Sweet Briar presidents, and share 
a crazy quilt of memories. When you have nothing 
better to do until midnight, just get us started on 
Drums of Ood, Harlow Shapley, peeping tom. Faculty 
Show, home nursing. San Angelo. The Last Days of 
Pom Pom, rose windows. This is the crowd which, 
like Laura, thought of Mary Ann — not just when 
we were rounding up dinner companions, but when- 
ever we needed goodies for a bazaar, a serenader 
for a departing pal. a poster, help with a computer 
program, a ride to Lynchburg, a lesson in slide rules, 
someone who could carry a tune and sing loud in the 
Faculty Show, magenta or emerald pantyhose, help 
in preparing a garage sale; we automatically stopped 
at her house when we needed to blow off steam or cele- 
brate, when we needed a clown or a sage, when we had 
to have someone without a phony fiber in her body. 

Mary Ann was the guiding spirit of the Woodland 
Road Improvement Association, and was kind enough 
to include me, not a Woodland Road-ite, in a party. 
In helping her brother to clear her desk on Sunday 
we found my yellowed note of acceptance — a good 
enough way, I suppose, to conclude this unhappy task: 

To Woodland Road Improvement Ass., 

I send my warmest thanks. 

For Aliens & Co. to pass 

Into the hallowed ranks 

Is tantamount to letting by 

The infidels (like me) 

To join the winged host on high. 

With love from J. C. B. D 


Bernice Drake Lill 

1894 — 1974 

"Each one Teach one" is the motto of the Laubach 
system of teaching a person how to read and write. 
So committed to this basic fundamental of reading 
and writing, so dedicated to the idea of teaching this 
skill, Bernice Lill in the summer of 1963 sent an Am- 
herst County resident to the Koinonia Foundation in 
Maryland to learn the method. Since that time, 26 per- 
sons have benefited from the teaching of this particular 
student and have helped to spread interest in the Lau- 
bach system in Amherst County. 

Mrs. Lill, in the formal sense, was not a teacher. 
However, she was always a student, trying to master 
the arts of travel and photography, the Spanish lan- 
guage and literature as well as the rules of bridge and 
cribbage. She worked enthusiastically for Wellesley Col- 
lege (her alma mater), for Sweet Briar and its Faculty 
Club, the Unitarian Church, AAUW, Common Cause, 
the Florida Gulf Coast Symphony, and the Staten Long 
Island Historical Society. Always a concerned citizen, 
she learned the satisfaction that comes from devoting 
one's life to things that are worthwhile. 

Bernice Lill in one sense was a teacher. She taught 
Sweet Briar a lesson we must remember. As Sweet 
Briar's Director of Admission, she insisted on high 
academic standards for students who applied for ad- 
mission; she was adamant that only those qualified 
should be accepted at Sweet Briar. Under her guidance. 
Sweet Briar became a member of the College Entrance 
Examination Board in 1943, and our College was the 
first southern college to require the Scholastic Apti- 
tude Test and three achivement tests of the CEEB for 

It was Mrs. Lill who introduced and developed the 
plan of enlisting volunteer alumnae representatives 
to talk with prospective students in cities throughout 
the country. Today, nearly 275 Sweet Briar alumnae 
serve as Alumnae Representatives for the College. 

Before Mrs. Lill came to Sweet Briar in 1928 as 
Registrar, she served as assistant secretary of Admis- 
sions at Wellesley and later as assistant to the head- 
mistress of The Madeira School. In 1929 she received 
her Master's degree from George Washington Uni- 
versity; she also studied at Columbia, the University 
of Mexico, and Middlebury College. 

During War II, Mrs. Lill was on leave from Sweet 
Briar to serve as an officer in the WAVES, 1942-1945. 
Appointed as the first WAVE in the Fifth Naval Dis- 
trict, Mrs. Lill became Executive Officer, Naval Train- 
ing Station, Miami University. She then was trans- 
ferred to a New York Naval station, where she became 
officer-in-charge of WAVES. 

Following Mrs. Lill's death in St. Petersburg, Fla., 
on June 8, 1974, we received affectionate letters from 
alumnae and Sweet Briar staff and teachers. From a 
1946 alumna in St. Petersburg: ". . . She was a kind 
and loving and understanding friend. It was our pri- 
vilege to be her surrogate family and we were with her 
each day up to the end. Right to the end she was alert 
and interested in day-to-day activities and world 

From a Sweet Briar professor: ". . . . Bernice Lill's 
friends and interests were many. Her concern for 
others, her enthusiasm, her intellectual curiosity and 
her love of life will be remembered by all who knew 
her. It is our good fortune that the proceeds from the 
sale of her Sweet Briar home is helping to establish 
the Bernice Lill Scholarship Fund." D 


Editor's note; Letters to the Editor are wel- 
comed and will he puhlished. Because of 
space requirements, letters will he suhjecl 
to possihle ahridgement. Letters must be 
signed with v.'riler's name and address. 

Letters to the Editor 

Of St. Andrews and Dean Sims 

To the Editor: 

My Fourth of July this year was different 
and may be of interest to various Briarites. 
I found myself in St. Andrews, Scotland, 
holding a ticket for the graduation of stu- 
dents in arts (first half of the ceremony which 
would be repeated next day for graduates in 

I was directed to my place by a red-haired 
lad in the scarlet gown familiar at Sweet 
Briar ever since autumn of 1933 when three 
ladies from my class returned for the first 
junior-year-in-Scotland. He led me to the 
second row of the balcony and waved me 
toward "the penultimate seat." an excellent 
point from which to scan a hall whose lovely 
panelling was enlivened by bright Scottish 
blue upholstery and curtains, and a festival 
of millinery among the spectators such as I 
have not seen for decades. Then, after read- 
ing about it in English novels. I heard 
Gaudeamus Igiiur as the academic preces- 
sion swung down the aisle. It was no trouble 
to spot Dean Catherine Sims, the only wo- 
man among the four candidates for honorary 

The ceremony was to grant degree and this 
occupied nine-tenths of the program. The 
speaker of the day, a young St. Andrews 
professor of moral philosophy, look only 
eight minutes for his pointed remarks on 
the absolute truth of nature and his ques- 
tioning the current pre-occupation with 
relevance. Otherwise. Lord Ballanlrae. Prin- 
cipal of the University in a magnificently 
gold-banded robe, was facing individually 
each of the 300 candidates who successively 
knelt before him. conferring degrees in Latin 
and touching each head with a small scarlet 
pad (about whose significance I am still in 
the dark! before the student arose to be 
hooded by a niarshall. The Vice-Principal, 
who is in effect the president, took no part 
but to march in and sit in his silver-banded 
robe at the right of Lord Ballantrae. 

Honorary degrees were also awarded at a 
leisurely pace and Mrs. Sims was recognized, 
among other things, for having interrupted 
her history and political science teaching at 
Agnes Scott by "a characteristically enter- 
prising interlude as Vice President of the 
American College for Girls in Istanbul." It 
was observed that an "ever-present problem 
of academic life is how to reconcile one's 
loyalty to subjects of study with the claims 
made upon one's time and energy by stu- 
dents as individuals. Mrs. Sims has solved 
this problem superlatively. She is one of 
those rare people who seem able to stop the 
clock and permit it to continue only when 
they have finished to their satisfaction what- 
ever needed to be done." It was a gratifying 
momeni in the long and friendly relation- 
ship between the two colleges. I had to agree 

with a deeply moved Scottish father I met 
outside: "That's historical. It means some- 

A happy bonus came as the graduates 
were filing out and the good-looking Scots- 
man seated by me said some friendly word. 
When I answered in 'American' his wife 
entered the conversation and revealed that 
she was Louise Durham Purvis. Sweet Briar 
1%2. daughter of Jo Snowden, 1927, She 
had met John Purvis during her junior 
year at St. Andrews and they now live a few 
miles outside that very lovely town. 

— Martha Lou Lcminon Slohlman, '34 

Princeton, New Jersey 

Changes in Winter Term 

To the Editor 

As the Winter Term enters its fourth year 
we ask ourselves: Is this right for Sweet 
Briar'? How can it he improved? 

Both faculty and students are working on 
something new and unusual in subject and 
in methods. Efforts are being made to in- 
crease the variety and the quality of courses 
while reducing their number, e.g., where 
two or more instructors combine in the 
teaching of a single course. Programs con- 
ducted by Sweet Briar faculty away from 
campus take advantage of the freedom of a 
month's concentrated study in one field by 
taking students to Munich or Oberlin for 
music, to London for theatre, to the Scan- 
dinavian countries for the study of economic 
and social programs, etc. 

For Independent Study, a very popular 
area with students, the faculty have now laid 
down_ certain minimum regulations to en- 
sure that each student has an academically- 
sound project commensurate with her train- 
ing and capacities. Enthusiasm and imagi- 
nation still need some bounds. Work-study 
projects, mostly off-campus, have been 
separated from Independent Studies. They 
are now called Internships and fall under 
slightly different academic provisions. 

Even the most enthusiastic and dedicated 
student can grow tired of reading and work- 
ing on the same subject all day long. Some 
tire much more quickly! 

With student encouragement and sug- 
gestions we are making a vigorous effort to 
provide a second center of interest and con- 
centration in the form of several non-credit 
courses. In these, students can learn a new 
skill and also become absorbed in a dif- 
ferent kind of activity. Plans are not de- 
finite, but courses are proposed in Busi- 
ness Law, Taxes; Household and Auto 
Mechanics; Needlework; Cooking; and In- 
troduction to Journalism, and of course. 
Typing. We hope that some alumnae will 
volunteer to teach in some of these courses. 

During January, the College offers an 
especially rich and concentrated program of 
concerts, films and other features. The 
Physical Education Dept. has come through 
with a magnificent program of sports, gym 
exercises, etc., that runs throughout each 

The Winter Term continues to be an ex- 
perimental program, as. indeed, all academic 
programs should be. Students give it their 
overwhelming endorsement. It has the sup- 
port of the majority of the faculty and en- 
thusiastic encouragement from the Admini- 
stration and the Director of Admission. We 
hope that its quality and its appeal will 
grow w ith each year's experience. 
— L.vsbeth W. Muncv, Professor of History, 
Coordinator of the Winter Term 

Special Thanks 

To the Editor: 

To the Alumnae Representatives — official 
and unofficial — my special thanks to all ■nho 
responded to our call to contact accepted 
candidates after the decision letters were 
mailed last spring. 

With your enthusiastic help and follow-up 
efforts. Sweet Briar enrolled the largest 
freshman class in five years. 

We wish that you could all be at Alumnae 
Council in October, to be thanked personal- 
ly and to enjoy taking a look at the Class 
of 1978 — many of whom are here because 
of vou. 

— Nancy Baldwin, '57 
Director of Admission 






Elizabeth Eggleston, Box 3, Hampden- 

Sydney, Va. 23943 

Fund Agent 

Caroline Sharpe Sanders (Mrs. Marion S.), 

585 Withers Road, Wytheville, Va. 24382 

Carrie Sharpe Sanders, Flo Freeman 
Fowler, Isabel Wood Holt, Carrie Taliaferro 
Scott and I represented 1919 at our 55th 
reunion. The beauty of the place seems to 
enhance as time goes on. And looking back 
we are richly aware of what the College 
still means to us. 

We missed you and included you in gleeful 
memories of "way back." 

Quite a few of you wrote interesting letters 
and sent checks which made us feel you close 

Mary McCaa Deal has graciously agreed 
to be our class president for the term 1974- 
1979. We should all be grateful to her, for we 
do need a bit of shepherding. We owe Flo 
deep appreciation for all she has been doing 
to hold us together. 

I think each one of you would have been 
interested in the talks aijd reports made to 
the alumnae. They were most informing 
and answered many of the questions every 
loyal alumnae must ask. On the whole they 
were reassuring. Of course we find ourselves 
a little dazed at the acceleration of change 
across the world and Sweet Briar is a part 
of the world. But it seems to me that though 
we are still developing in ways undreamed 
of in 1919, Sweet Briar's initial direction 
toward integrity of standards and pursuit 
of intellectual delight continues. 

You will be sorry to learn that Bertha 
Wailes was badly hurt in a car wreck some 
weeks ago. She is improving, however. For 
decades she has welcomed each returning 
alumna, and we have been the recipient 
of her thoughtful kindness. She and the 
Walkers are inextricably woven into the 
Sweet Briar tradition. 


Mary Archer Bean Eppes (Mrs. James Van 

Deusen Eppes), 447 Heckewelder Place, 

Bethlehem, Pa. 18018 

Fund Agent 

Jessie Exley Woolen (Mrs. Henry J. Wooten), 

Rt. 2, Box 418 D, Lancaster, Va. 22503 

Salutations! Our 45th reunion was special 
and select: 5 of 15 returnees lived together 
freshman year in Randolph basement; 8 of 
us enticed our husbands to come, 9 if we 
count John Taylor who delivered Mildred 
Bronough and returned for her after visiting 
his former home town of Charlottesville. My 
husband Jimmy provided background music 
from the 20's for Gert Prior's picnic, 
Amelia Mollis Scott brought her famous Dilly 
Bread and Edna Earle McGehee Pleasants 
provided delectable hors d'oeuvres. We 
had election of officers after supper. Sally 
CaUison Jamison was persuaded to continue 
as president. I was happy to turn over my 
duties as a seemingly perpetual Fund Agent 
to Jessie Exley Wooten and now look for- 
ward to being Class Secretary. This task 
will be easier because of the 32 summaries 
sent to Sally in response to her question- 
naire. The scrapbook containing these sum- 
maries and other information on the reunion 
will be kept at the Alumnae Office. Be sure 
to stop and see the snapshots of some very 
remarkable families! As another statistic. 
88 of us graduated. Some of the highlights 
of reunion — Monday morning talks on "The 
State of the College" were given in a panel 
discussion presided over by Ann Morrison 
Reams '42 in the absence of the reunion 
chairman Eleanor Potts Snodgrass '48. Inti- 
mate views of the tremendous scope of our 
Alma Mater were presented by Peter V. 
Daniel, Vice-President and Treasurer, Nancy 
Godwin Baldwin '57, Director of Admission, 
Elizabeth Bond Wood '34, Director of Col- 
lege Development, Julia Sadler deColigny 
'34, Director of Estate Planning. 

That afternoon there were numerous 
Faculty Open Houses with time to explore 
old campus haunts and see new ones. Small 
bus tours left the Chapel soon after our 
Refectory reunion luncheon, stopping at 
the Lake, the Ames Greenhouse, the rail- 
road station (now moved on campus). Monu- 
ment Hill, the Harriet Rogers Riding Center, 
The Wailes Center and back to the quad- 
rangle. Other places of special interest were 
the vividly decorated Reid Parlor, the beauti- 
ful Chapel and Sweet Briar House. Words 
cannot describe the charm and delightful 
atmosphere produced by the ever gracious 
and hospitable President Whiteman and his 
wife Deedie. We had several opportunities 
to browse at Sweet Briar House and were 
enchanted with the change in decor (very 
elegant, yet reflecting homelike touches of 
the Whiteman family). 

Tuesday morning we had an informal 
"Session with the President." Dr. White- 
man impressed us with his acumen and 
perspicacity. He gave us an illuminating 
resume of the problems, hopes and aspira- 
tions of Sweet Briar today. The climax of 
the reunion was the luncheon in the Box- 
wood Gardens. This gave a chance to relax 
or flit from umbrella table to umbrella table 
seeing old friends and making new ones! 

Alphabetically speaking, 1 will give some 
newsworthy hems from the 15 classmates at- 
tending the 45th! Mary Archer Bean Eppes 
during her semi-annual trek to New York 
City and the Metropolitan Opera this spring 
spent the night with Peggy Timinennan 
Burlin. She has continued to live in her 
famous husband Paul's studio since his 
death. It is full of fabulous paintings and 
exquisite porcelain. She is now an Associate 
Editor of Glamour magazine and says her 
interests are "endless." We had not seen 
each other since graduation and it was fun 
to be able to take up where we left off, so 
to speak! Peg sees Ella Parr Phillips Slate 
frequently and was planning a weekend 
with her and Sam in their retirement home 
in Sherman, Conn. Ellen Blake continues 
as assistant principal of Granby High School, 
Norfolk. She is interested in the process 
of integrated education and in almost any 


phase of public education at the secondary 
level. Anne Mason Breni Winn repons that 
John is retired and after recovering from a 
serious operation is visiting their daughter 
Macey and her new baby on a horse farm 
in New Zealand. Besides hunting twice a 
week in season Anne Mason is interested 
in church, politics and music. She has 3 
grandchildren. Her twins. John and Brent, 
are now 41 and Macey is 29. Janet Bruce 
Bailey and Lindsley drove down from Chadds 
Ford, Pa. Lin retired as Purchasing Di- 
rector with DuPont. They sold their lovely 
country home at Mendenhall and moved 5 
miles away to a new condominium. We 
visited them there the last weekend in July. 
Jan and Lin have a winter home on St. 
Thomas in the Virgin Islands. The Baileys 
have a collection of very beautiful porcelain. 
Their son Peter. 40. is the father of 2 sets 
of twins with a single child of 13 in be- 
tween. Their daughter Anne. 37. lives near- 
by. She has 3 children. Jan's special interests 
are Garden Club. Archeological and Con- 
servation Societies. Sara Callison Jamison 
came with her husband Jamie and her 
daughter Jane, who was also reuning. These 
two gals looked like sisters, as full of zest 
for living as ever! Sally telephoned us in 
July from Route 22 on the outskirts of 
Bethlehem as they drove to son John's 40th 
birthday celebration in Summit. N. J. He 
is a partner in Goldman-Sachs. N.Y.C.. 
and also serves on the board of the Hersey 
Corp. Sally and Jamie were stopping in 
Hersey en route home. We wanted to join 
them but were due in Cleveland to baby 
sit our 2' youngest grand-daughters. Susan 
Bennett and Carolyn Randolph, while their 
parents took a week's vacation in Maine 
where they spent parents weekend with our 
oldest grand-daughter. Elizabeth Martin, at 
Camp Arcadia in Casco. Maine. Sally told 
us about Jane's children and John's 4 "in- 
stant" children. Your new Fund Chairman. 
Jessie Exiey Wooten came with her husband 
Henry from Lancaster. Va. Jimmy and 1 
stopped to see them en route from Franklin. 
Va., the latter part of June. Their home 
is on a cove off the Rappahannock River 
and their boat is anchored at the foot of a 
long tree-filled sloping lawn. Jessie is a re- 
tired professional Social Worker and is 
busy as a mental health chairman of a group 
that provides services to patients in Eastern 
State Hospital. She also ser\es as receptionist 
for the Satellite office of a Mental Health 
Clinic in Kilmarnock. Henry plans to retire 
in the fall as an Audit Supervisor for the 
State of Virginia. Their daughter Barbara 
Wood has 3 children and is finishing work 
on a Masters degree in Education at Xavier 
University. Cincinnati, Ohio. Ruth Meredith 
Ferguson Smylhe and her retired sales exe- 
cutive husband John came from Louisville, 
Ky. Their 3 children, Meredith Grider, 39; 
E. John Smythe Jr., 37; and Stewart T. 
Smylhe have produced 7 grandchildren. 
Lisa Guigon Shinberger came from Rich- 
mond, having just retired as president of 
the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia. Her in- 
terests are church, music, theatre and child- 
ren. Two of her daughters are Sweet Briar 
graduates, Adelaide Jersdale, 32, and Mary 
Baird Bell, 27, and she has twins of 23, Jane 
Randolph and John Barclay, Amelia Hollis 

Scott has a job as representative of Fayette 
Christmas Card Co. in Lynchburg. Her 
interests are in gardening, painting and 
tennis. She has 4 children. Susan, 41; 
Thomas, 38: Holly. 25; and Mary and also 
3 grandchildren, Edna Earle McGehee 
Pleasants came out to Gert's Sunday night 
picnic with Amelia. She has two grand- 
children. We were saddened to learn that 
her husband Joe died in December. We 
send her and her two sons our deepest 
sympathy. Polly McDiarmid Serodino has 
one son Peter. 39. She says his wife is "out- 
standing" as are all 4 grandchildren! She 
sells real estate part time and reports "as- 
sorted" interests. Alwyn Redmond Barlow 
came with her retired husband Jack from 
Cropwell, Alabama. They keep busy fish- 
ing on their lake, gardening, entertaining 10 
grandchildren and are active in the Baptist 
Church. Their children are Sallie Halbrooks, 
42: Paula Lowery, 38; and Jacalwyn Birch- 
field, 34. Helen Schaumleffel Ferree came 
from Indianapolis with her husband Edwin. 
Siie has just returned from a trip around 
the world. They have a doctor son. H. Lane 
Ferree, 37, and Thomas H. Ferree. 34. and 
also have 2 grandchildren. Gertrude Prior 
keeps busy with Church work, bird walks 
and all sorts of biological interests. We 
were all so happy to meet again in her cosy 
home for our 45th reunion picnic — a haven 
for members of our class down through the 

I report with sorrow the death of three 
loyal alumnae members of our class. Evelyn 
Ballard of Charleston, Eva Cumnock Bass 
of Kno.wille and our youngest member 
Elizabeth Lewis Reed of Richmond, whose 
husband. Dr. Wellford Reed, filled out her 
questionnaire. Their children are Wellford 
Jr.. 37. and Patty McLaughlin, 32, and 
there are 5 grandchildren. She died Decem- 
ber 3. 1973. four days after suffering a 
hemorrhage from an aneurysm of the brain. 
We join in sending deepest sympathy to 
these bereaved families. 



Mary-Paulding Murdoch Martin (Mrs. Hugh 
M.). 1420 Park Ave.. Baltimore. Md. 21217." 
Fund Agent 

Ella Jesse Latham (Mrs. Robert E.), 3601 
N. Glebe Rd.. Arlington. Va. 22207. 

There stands July — with her palm leaf fan 
and her gilt sun tan. Goodbye, nightmare 
of care, when was routine last seen? 

The following data is just what was in the 
cards: Isabelle Neer Semple, Grosse Point, 
Mich. "Five children and nine grandchild- 
ren. That's a lot of birthdays." Frances 
Neville Newberry, North Platte, Neb, Two 
items in contrast: her daughter Ann, turned 
20, will summer on an International Stu- 
dent Exchange Exploration Tour; her 
mother, wintering in Fla.. will turn 91 in 

Leila Van Leer Schwaab topped Balti- 
more bulb sales at $725.37. 

On the retirement Rialto. Adah Barber 
Wilson, Orchard Lake, Mich. "Bob retires 
in May, so our lives will alter and perhaps 
our locale. These long cold winters get 
rougher. Our oldest daughter lives in Am- 
sterdam, Holland; #2 daughter in Washing- 
ton, D.C., and our youngest in Chicago." 
Marjorie Jones Garlick. Milwaukee. Wis. 
"My husband David is retired, so we enjoy 
four children, three grandchildren, Spain 
this year, somewhere else next." Marjorie 
Ris Hand. "We are enjoying John's retire- 
ment from the practice of law. Eighty-four J 
citrus trees in Fort Pierce, Fla.. and acres I 
of grass to inspire physical activity." Jane I 
Martin Person, Staunchfield, Mich. After I 
12 years Jane has dusted the final silver fish 
from the local library shelf and come out of 
chrysalis herself! Her husband Harold con- 1 
tinues in the County Assesor's office. A f 
grandchild. Brett Ryan Person, was born 
Nov. 14. 1973. to son Bruce and daughter- 
in-law Kris. 

Tea leaf reading: Elena Doty Angus and 
Bruce plan to settle in Farmington, Va. 
Class bride Gerry Mallor\' Lees, happily 
over the threshold of her husband's Tenafly 
castle, has sold her own family homestead. 
Gerry went through Dwight with his mother 
while Ms is daughter of the late Mercer 
Jackson Welford. '30. and step-daughter of 
Toole Rotter Welford, '31. In New York 
Gerry met Marjorie Gubelman Hasten on 
a global jaunt to her sister Hallie. '29, in 
Mich. Starting point. Marge's Honolulu 
home — basic reason for trek — to visit her 
daughter Carol, husband and sons recently 
transferred from Australia to Johannes- 
burg, South Africa. 

Virginia Vesey Woodward did not forget 
the rigor mortis of this office and wrote, 
"Today is Loudoun's last day of school. 
Ginger, riding and tennis counsellor at 
Camp Alleghany this summer, teaches fourth 
grade in Leesburg. Driving to and fro, I 
am relearning the northern Virginia cam- 
paigns of Civil War history. We would like 
to attend Joe's USNA 50th reunion." In 
May Vesey lost her mother, a wondrous 
example of resource and enterprise. 

It is hard to believe the news of the death 
of Margaret Lanier Chambers, who was 
so endowed with grace, humor and an un- 
forgettable naivete. 

L'envoi: Please take no gibe at your 
scribe. Good sense will come in the future 
tense. Even better, a letter. Then Goodbye, 
July, with your opal sky and your weather 
eye on a silver dune. Reality dawns too soon, 
too soon. 

As you may recall. I am director of The 
Star-Spangled Banner Flag House and 1812 
War Museum, which sponsors National Flag 
Week. On Flag Sunday, June 9, 1974, our 
so-sponsor, the United States Coast Guard, 
presented a super program at Fort McHenry 
— air/sea rescue and unfurling of 30 x 42' 
Banner replica. Although typing this treatise 
on a rare Rehobeth Beach holiday, I have 
research on Mary Pickersgill's biography to 
feret, the New Auxiliary to preside over, 
neighborhood adventures (for which I re- 
ceived an award) and other Tweedledeeing 
. . . Nearly all our fund flaps began with 


te deums to Jackie Wood in her grandilo- 
quent officialdom — glory gloriously desened. 



Joanna Fink Meeks (Mrs. David), 704 N. 

Calven Ave., Muncie. Ind. 47303 

Fund Agents 

Betty Suitle Briscoe (Mrs, Clarence), 514 E, 

Lancaster Ave,. Wynnewood, Pa, 18017 

Helen Bean Emery (Mrs, Natt M,) 2801 

Main St„ Bethlehem, Pa. 18017 

First a reunion report from Martha Lou 
Lemmon Stohlman: 

That peerless Class of 1934 gathered on 
campus for the 40th Reunion, all a little in- 
credulous that the familiar faces from dorms, 
classes, hockey fields and sunny arcade- 
roofs now belonged to those who would soon 
be eligible for reduced fares on busses (at 
least my state thus honors Senior Citizens). 
As Kate of Red Top once observed. "As 
you gits older you gits to be more like your- 
self." And there we all were, distilled 
essences of those personalities of 1934. 

There were 23 of us plus George Chap- 
man, lawfully wedded husband of Elizabeth 
Mayfleld, and Bill Livingston, ditto of Mary 
Walton McCandlish, We gathered Sunday 
evening at Julie Sadler deColigny's welcom- 
ing comfortable home which she built on her 
farm near Amherst after the old farm house 
burned. Miss Rogers and Dr, Rice were 
special guests and joined us in gabbing and 
gorging for several happy raucous hours. In 
a quick business meeting, little influenced 
by Roberts and his Rules, Elizabeth May- 
field Chapman was elected our new pres- 
ident and Joanna Fink Meeks our secre- 
tary, Betty Suitle Briscoe became chairman 
of the Class Gift to the 75th Anniversary 
Fund at a continued meeting on Monday, 

As you may have heard, Jackie Bond 
Wood has recently moved from the Alumnae 
Association to a newly created job of di- 
recting alumnae, development and public 
relations. Julie Sadler deColigny has this 
year started an estate-planning branch of 
the development activities. So it was in pride 
at these distinctions and in gratitude for 
their hospitality to us that Nancy Butzner 
Leavell. retiring president, presented each 
a gift from our class — handsome books 
which appeared to produce unfeigned plea- 
sure and surprise for both. 

Jackie and Julie were leading ladies in the 
meeting ne.\1 morning when they elaborated 
to the assembled alumnae on their parti- 
cular concerns. And at lunch in the refectory 
our class came in for its share of recogni- 
tion, more of that stuff about brains-if-not- 
beauty and even a little acknowledgement 
that our True Selves are now showing 
through and revealing the Inner Loveliness 
that we knew all along was there. The Class 

of 1%9 really shook us when they said they 
hoped to look as well as the Golden Girls 
of 1924 when they returned for their fiftieth 
in 2019. That took the 21st century out of 
myth and movies into reality! 

Students gave us a dance concert Monday 
night which was a good e.xercise for us in 
trying to read a new idiom. Our education 
in dance as an art form began. I guess, in 
our freshman year with Martha Graham. 
Graham's program was to that concert 
about what Browning is to e. e. cummings. 
Which is to say that I for one need a little 
more exposure to make something significant 
from it. We rela.xed afterwards with a night- 
cap at Jackie's charmingly decorated new 
home in Lancaster House on Elijah's Road, 
out ne.\t to Red Top, 

Besides the accomplishments of Julie and 
Jackie, interesting achievements of others 
came to light: Rosemary Frey Rogers, now 
of Gallatin, Tenn,, is a director of design 
who works on office buildings and has show- 
rooms in New York and Chicago (as well 
as a new home and six dogs) , , , Lib Scheuer 
Maxwell is behind the scenes of Edge of 
Night and many another TV and stage show 
in her work in Theater Props which supplies 
all those diverse things that keep plays going 
. , , Nan Russell Carter helps build confi- 
dence and provide fun for blind children by, 
of all things, teaching them to ski. She says 
that even a ski accident cheers them, just to 
have the same kind of experience that other 
kids have . . . Mary Walton, in her work in 
the National Archives, turned up the first 
hard evidence that the donation of Pres- 
idential papers was predated, Eleanor Alcott 
Bromley read aloud to us the column which 
Mary McGrory devoted entirely to our Mary 
Walton, ending with praise for "a civil ser- 
vant who knew she was working for the 
government and not the White House" , , . 
And did you know that our number includes 
a minister? — Betty Bryce Reed who heads 
the First Church of Religious Science in 
Santa Cruz, California, and has gone as 
far as London to preach. 

The rest of us volunteer for the more 
usual things, sufficiently that ^evera! had to 
refuse various Sweet Briar jobs because of 
being "over-committed." (So we still have 
one more thing to learn as our education 

I could burble about much that I saw (I 
hope you remember me as a sincere burbler). 
The Commencement speaker was the mayor 
of West Hartford, Conn., so young she grad- 
uated only in 1949 and she was neato. as 
my grandchildren would say if I had grand- 
children . . . The paddle tennis court behind 
Sweet Briar House for the athletic White- 
mans (which is all of them) looks as if it had 
always been there . . . The Southern Rail- 
road station, now on the orchard road, does 
not. But it will as it is integrated into the 
scenery to become a spot for social ren- 
dezvous . . . Reid Parlor has startingly 
metamorphosed into a late 18th century 
salon with orange-red walls, high-cushioned 
sofas, brass studded chests, brilliant lovely 
rugs and flower arrangements . . . But what 
I like most of all are the trees. Their im- 
pressive growth had added immeasurable 
beauty, coolth, greenery, and architectural 
effect. Some of the big old friends are gone 

— e,g,, the center oak at the top of the Dell 
and some of the elms in front of the refec- 
tory. But this has made room for another 
oak at the Dell to reach a full shape, proper 
to its kind, and a now large maple offers 
dense shade to the west side of the refec- 
tory quadrangle, Betty Briscoe says we gave 
the two elms in front of Reid which are now 
stalwart and handsome specimens, tall as the 
buildings, of that increasingly rare and en- 
dangered species. Trees are full of parables. I 
leave you to your own interpretations. With 
warmest regards to all of you, Martha Lou, 
pro-tem and ad hoc. 

Those back for reunion included the 
following: Eleanor Alcott Bromley, Helen 
Bean Emery, Cecil Birdsey Fuessle, Elizabeth 
Bond Wood, Nancy Butzner Leavell. Helen 
Closson Hendricks. Julia Daugherly Musser, 
Louise Dreyer Bradley. Mary Sue Fender 
Miller, Joanna Fink Meeks, Virginia Fosler 
Gruen, Rosemary Frey Rogers, Lydia 
Goodwyn Ferrell, Martha Lou Lemmon 
Stohlman, Elizabeth Mayfield Chapman, 
Mary Walton McCandlish Livingston, 
Bonney McDonald Hatch, Katharine Means 
Neely, Nancy Russell Carter, Julia Sadler 
deColigny, Elizabeth Scheuer Maxwell, 
Rebekah Strode Lee. Betty Suttle Briscoe, 
Frances Weil Binswanger, Mary Moore 

Helen Closson Hendricks, Logansport, 
Ind,, Bonney McDonald Hatch, Muncie, 
Ind,, and I stopped overnight in Martins- 
ville, Va., with Sue Fender Miller and her 
husband, Stewart, on our drive back to 
Indiana from reunion. We thoroughly en- 
joyed our visit to Sue's interesting dress 
shop. The Georgian Room, and the gourmet 
cooking of her husband, 

Dearing Lewis writes from Tucson, "I'm 
still working on Sanskrit poetry. I gave a 
lecture at the University of Arizona on the 

Anne Corbitt Little has been visiting 
her daughter, who lives in Denver, as does 
Connie Burwell White, Connie says, "The 
Whites' life is still fun and hectic with lots 
of public relations activities and lots of 
mountain fishing weekends wedged into our 
too short summer." 

Mary Young Van Siclen. who went from 
SBC to the University of Wisconsin, has a 
son who is a student at Episcopal Divinity 
School in Cambridge. Mass. 

Don't forget to write your news on the flap 
of the fund envelop when you send that 
generous check! 



Katherine Richards DeLancey (Mrs. Robert 

L.), 45 Birch St,, Keene, N,H. 03431 

Fund Agent 

Janet Thorpe, 111 East 37th St,. New York. 

New York 10016 


Mary Jeff Wells Pearson. Luray. Va.. 
directs an historical pageant every fall on 
local history. She is on the Board for the 
Shenendoah Music Festival, sings in a choral 
society and is promoting recycling for Luray. 

Janet Thorpe. New York. N.Y.. with a 
M.A. from New York Univ. in Art History 
and recently assistant curator of decorative 
arts at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, is now 
taking courses in French. Art History and 

Eleanor Claffliii Williams. Dover. Mass.. 
will have her fourth one-woman art show in 
Dec. at the Copley Society on Newbury 
St.. Boston. She has been painting and 
selling pictures for four years. The profits 
go to a Prison Art Project she started in 
four Boston prisons which teach voctional 
art as well as painting. Eleanor has a part- 
time job as educational aid for the Museum 
of Fine Arts Boston and feels as if she had 
a graduate degree from that institution be- 
cause the requirements for her job are so 
stiff. Eldest son. Tom B. Williams, Jr.. 
and wife have adopted four children under 
four years, two of them Vietnamese. Her 
three daughters are married to an Outward 
Bounder and two lawyers. One daughter is 
teaching 7th and 8th grades, another is 
getting her M.A. in landscape architecture, 
and the third is busy with two babies making 
a total of si.\ grandchildren. 

Janet Trosch Moulton lives in San An- 
tonio. Te.\. Her husband. Col. Robert J. 
Moullon (Bob) died last Oct. Our deepest 
sympathy goes to her and also to the family 
of Charlotte Dunn Blair. St. Michaels, Md. 
who w as burned to death in Nov. 

Nancy Gaich Sviens. Fairfax Co.. Va.. 
has sold her home in Minnesota and moved 
back to Virginia, where she hopes to see 
Sweet Briar friends. She lost her husband, a 
neuosurgeon at the Mayo Clinic two yrs. ago. 
Her brother, Thomas L. Gatch, Jr. an Army 
Resene Col. took off in Feb. to attempt the 
first crossing of the Atlantic in a balloon 
and hasn't been heard of since. We e.vtend 
our sympathy to Nancy for her double loss. 
While taking care of things at her brother's 
house in Fairfax Co. south of Alexandria, 
she is also working at the Nat'l Academy of 
Science on work that "ill lead up to the 
passage of the National Health Insurance 

Ruth Harmon Keiser Jr., Princeton. 
N,J,, has a M.S. in Education and a full- 
time job teaching first grade. She is inter- 
ested in special education for exceptional 
children. Two years ago their 20yr. old son 
was suffocated in a house fire in Vermont. 
He saved his friend's life. Son "Mac" is 
working for his Ph.D. in Physics at Duke U. 

Jane Lewis Kingsbury. Pittsford, N.Y,, is 
working towards her M.A. in Education in 
learning disabilities. She has a part-time 
job teaching children with learning dis- 
abilities. Daughter Susan manages a swim- 
ming program for 750 children, son John Jr. 
is a mechanical engineer, and daughters 
Joyce and Sally are still in school. Jane has 
four grandchildren. 

Gertrude Robertson Midlen lives in Wash- 
ington, D.C. Her son John Jr. is a partner 
in the law firm of Midlen & Reddy; her 
daughter Margaret M, Manda is the mother 
of two toddlers. 


Mary Treadway Downs is in Bristol, 
Conn,, where her husband is now executive 
vice-president of Sping Mfg's, Inst. Because 
of his position he and Tready attend large 
meetings twice a year in some delightful 
resort. Daughter Susan's husband works for 
Boeing aero-space program in Bellevue, 
Wash, They have David I yr, 

Kay Bansall Strong, Princeton, N.J., has 
returned from a three week trip to England 
and Holland, Kay has a full-time volunteer 
job in the Training School for Boys, Skill- 
man, N, J, and in the Princeton Nursing 
Home and Hospital. 

Ruth Macfarland Debevoise. Sewickley. 
Pa., went to a Sweet Briar meeting to hear 
Julia de Coligny '34 and found three S.B. 
acquaintances she didn't know lived near 
her. Daughter Barbara Dinsmore works for 
the Senate Commerce Comm. in Washing- 
ton and daughter Nancy is a research as- 
sistant to Robert Choate Assoc, also in D.C. 
They all enjoy their boat the Annapolis 
and vacations on the Bay. 

Lila Bond Preston. Covina. Calif., has a 
condominium in Naples. Fla. Kay Oriel 
Osborne, her husband and son shared a va- 
cation with Lila. Last year Mardie Hodill 
Smith and Marguerite Myers Glenn visited 
her there, and she and Mardie had a grand 
trip through New England in October. Lila 
has one grandson Benjamin Preston. 

Elizabeth Perkins Prothro lives in Wichita 
Falls. Tex. Her husband. Charles, is Chair- 
man of the Board of Sweet Briar College 
and of Southwestern University, Tex. Perkey 
is interested in book collecting and libraries, 
especially S.B.'s library. She sent a picture 
for the reunion book of herself and husband, 
her mother, their four children and their 
spouses and nine grandchildren, a very 
handsome group. 

Lillian Neely Willis. Waynesboro. Ga. saw 
Mary Elizabeth Barge Thourlby at the Mas- 
ters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Ga, and 
reports that Barge looks great, 

Nancy Beard Dix III, Baltimore, Md., 
has a full-time job as Church Secretary of 
Roland Park Presbyterian Church, She and 
her husband have enjoyed two of the S,B. 
Alumnae travel tours to London and Greece 
(got caught in a riot there in Oct.) She 
thinks the trips were will planned and worth- 
while and wishes more '39ers would join 
the groups. 

Florence Bailey Adams. The Plains. Va.. 
has a daughter. Catherine, who is a sopho- 
more at Sweet Briar. Her older daughter 
and son are both married. There is one 
granddaughter. Brooke, 2'/2yrs, Florence's 
husband farms and raises cattle on 1200 

Anne Benedict Swain. Philadelphia. Pa., 
after 16 years as Librarian at the Chestnut 
Hill Academy for boys, has retired but 
keeps busy with volunteer work and sail- 
ing with husband Ned on their ketch 
"Aurora," Son Ted is a member of the 
Appraisal Assoc, of America and is qualified 
to do fine arts appraisals in most fields. 
Anne and Ned plan to move to Mantoloking, 
N.J.. next year when Ned retires. 

Ellie George Frampton, New Canaan, 
Conn., simply stated that daughter Anne 
has two marvelous sons. Brian & Keith and 
that daughter "Richie," 25, is a textile de- 

signer in Calif, All the rest of the notes 
were added by Ann B. Swain. The two 
families have seen each other every year 
since 1945. Ann notes that her Godchild 
Richie has designed a window shade which 
has been chosen by Holiday Inn! 

Martha Fuller Leys, Waynesboro. Va.. 
and husband John went to Europe this 
spring. Daughter Carroll Langton lives in 
Manhattan, son John is in Graduate School, 
and daughter Alexis is a senior in high 
school. Martha's interests are painting, 
traveling and writing. j 

Valeria Goit Murphey's brother wrote 
from Lookout Mountain. Tenn.. to send a 
contribution to the S.B. Alumnae Assoc, 
from Valeria and to say that she had had 
a severe stroke this Jan. and suffered com- 
plete paralysis of the left arm and leg. We 
all hope she is making progress in her re- 
covery, and send her our best wishes. 

Lottie Lewis Woolen Jr. Charlotte. N.C.. 
states that daughter Mary is Junior Phi 
Beta at UNC and son Kemp won most 
valuable players award in his team's basket- 
ball tourney. Lottie helps with the over- 
flow at the Junior League office and is be- 
coming quite a needlewoman also. 

Mary Mackintosh Sherer, Holden. Mass.. 
and husband Joe participated in Golf School 
for Seniors last winter as a change from 
meetings. Daughter Addie is married to a 
newspaper man and son Jeff works for a 
brokerage firm in Boston. 

Anne Dearstyne Cornwell. Shawnee 
Mission. Kan., sees Lois Lear Stoops who 
lives there and is on the same local board 
as Anne. Lois lost her mother and brother 
last year. We are sorry to hear that. Lois's 
oldest daughter is living in Japan with her 
husband and young son. "Bucket" has 
four daughters, two of whom are married. 
Youngest daughter Anne. 13. is at home. 
Jane is taking a Business course in Boston, 
and Linda and husband have bought a house 
in Kent. England. 

K\XXy Lawder Stephenson, Greenville. S.C, 
has a son Sam and a son-in-law who both 
practice law with Kitty's husband Steve, 
Daughter Nan has just graduated from U. 
of S.C. Kitty and Steve love to dance and 
to go on fishing trips. This summer they 
went to Iceland again to fish for salmon. 
They have a granddaughter. Keenan. 4'/;. 

Augusta Saul Farrier. Salem. Va.. keeps 
up with her music and is working toward 
a big concert next year. Son Tom is a 
cardiologist in Roanoke. Va. John is a lawyer 
with Sidley Austin in Washington. D.C. 

Julie Saunders Michaux. Richmond. Va.. 
and husband Dick have a cottage close to 
Chesapeake Bay near Lively. Va., where they 
spend lots of weekends year round, where 
Dick can hunt and fish and golf and Julie 
pursues her interest in photography. Last 
year they took a trip to the Orient. Julie 
has been a tour guide at the Va. Museum 
of Fine Arts for 18 years, and a recent pres- 
ident of the Garden Club. Mary Frances 
Buchanan Flowers is the new president. 
Julie is proud to be on the vestry of their 
Episcopal church. 

Jean Oliver Sartor. Forbing, La., is up to 
her ears in art. She has received honors 
and cash prizes for her paintings and had 
a one-woman exhibit in Aug. at Shreveport. 

Son Balfour just graduated from medical 
school; daughter Ibby was married in June. 

Bennett Wilcox Bartlett, Washington, 
D.C., and husband Harry have a place at 
the beach where they spend a lot of time. 
Oldest son lives in Tucson, Ariz, and has 
two children, Michael. 5, and Sarah. 3. 
Daughter Anne Walton's children are 
Arthur, 5, and Page, 3. 

Lee Montague Watts, Manhasset, N.Y., 
hopes to retire from the advertising busi- 
ness so that she can travel to Calif., Col., 
and Puerto Rico to visit her six grand- 

Elizabeth Anne Turney Liipfert, Chevy 
Chase, Md.. has an L.L.B. degree and has 
had a full-time job as volunteer attorney 
for neglected and abused children for eight 
years at Superior Court, Washington, D.C. 

Kay Richards DeLancey, Keene, N.H., 
has a full-time job at the Nat'l Grange 
Insurance Co., teaches 6th grade Sunday 
school (15 yrs.) and is in the Altar Guild. 
Last summer she and Bob took a trip to 
England to visit War time friends and play 
golf at St. Andrews, Scotland (Bob). This 
fall they will introduce their English friends 
to the U.S.A. with a camping trip in the 
White Mountains, N.H. 

Lucy Gordan Jeffers, New York, N.Y., has 
a full-time job as Employment Manager at 
the Rockefeller University and a daughter 
at Vassar. 

Betty Frazier Rinehart, St. Petersburg, 
Fla.. writes that son Andy has graduated 
from Tulane, thank goodness. 

"Boots" Vanderbilt Brown lives in Darien, 
Conn., and works in real estate. Son Jona- 
than, Jr. married Jean Rushin, a S.B.C. 
grad. '69. 

Mary Lou Simpson Buckley, Southport, 
Conn., is president of the Museum of Arts, 
Science and Industry. 

Eleanor Wallace Price, Wilmington, Del.. 
still keeps home in Md. but has an apart- 
ment in Wilmington as husband Sam is 
vice-president of a precision machine com- 
pany there. They have two grandchildren. 

Gracey Luckett Bradley and husband 
Morry, Gates Mills, Ohio, had a beautiful 
cruise last winter, circling the Pacific. 



Virginia Noyes Pillsbury (Mrs. V. Noyes), 
5605 Pine Lane, 108N Mequon, Wise. 53092 
Fund Agent 

Dorothy Denny Sutton (Mrs. F. Edmund), 
Guilford Towers Apt. 412, 14 W. Cold 
Spring Lane, Baltimore, Maryland 21210 

Those of us who were at our 30th re- 
union last May were a small but enthusiastic 
group: 13 in all plus four husbands: Jean 
Blanton Murphy, Dot Denny Sutton, Ellen 
Boyd Duval Miller, Betty Farinholt and 
Jim Cockrill, Helen Gravatt Watt, Giddy 

Kinsley Whitehead, Alice Lancaster and 
Pete Buck, Murrell Richards Patrick, 
Marion Saunders and Bill Montgomery, 
Dykie Walls Fournier, Fence Williams and 
Richard Gookin, Marge Willeiis Maiden, 
and 1. We had a delightful picnic Sunday 
night at Giddy Whitehead's home in Am- 
herst, which she has fi.xed up beautifully. 
We were all sorry that more of you were 
not able to be there. Betty Farinholl Cockrill 
is our new class president and reunion chair- 
man. Dot Denny Sutton is the fund agent, 
and you are stuck with me again as the 
secretary. We are all hoping we will have a 
bigger turnout for our 35th reunion in 1979. 

Tee Tift Porter writes that her daughter 
Catherine Porter Branch (SB '68) has grad- 
uated from Georgetown Univ. Law School 
and has a job with the Judge of the D.C. 
Court of Appeals. Tee's second daughter 
Pattie has been teaching at St. Agnes School 
in Alexandria for the past three years. 
Connie Budlong Myrick reports that she is 
a re-treaded career woman, having taken a 
job as clinical training supervisor at the 
Veterans Hospital in Memphis. She has a 
grandchild, Christie Joy. Ruth O'Keefe 
Meredith writes from Warrenton that her 
husband has retired after 32 years in the 
Air Force and they seem to be busier than 
ever. She is President of the Virginia Horse 
Shows Association, a director of AHSA, sec- 
retary of the Lord Fairfax Community Col- 
lege Curriculum Council, and director of 
Virginia Agribusiness. Hannah Mallory 
Perkins has a second grandchild born last 
March. Frances Longino Schroder was un- 
able to get to reunion because her daughter 
Gwin (SB '72) was married on May 31. In 
July Peggy Gordon and Bob Seller moved 
back to Richmond where Bob is the execu- 
tive of the Virginia Nursing Home Associ- 

Those of you who returned your ques- 
tionaires to Ellen Boyd have provided a 
wealth of information and I can't begin to 
report it all here. The book is available 
in the Alumnae Office for your perusal 
any time you happen by there. I'll try only a 
few exerpts: Sandy Anderson Bowley and 
her husband (USAF retired) live on a farm 
in New Hampshire and she is a full time 
(plus, she says) manager of a small green- 
house. Norma Bradley Arnold is studying 
to be an accredited Transoctimal Analysis 
Psychotherapist. Her son Ernie graduated 
from Transylvania University in June and 
Douglas is at Chapel Hill. Helen Crump 
and Jack Cutler have been in London for 
six years. She says it's beginning to feel like 
her home. Jack retired from the Air Force 
two years ago and is now in business for 
himself. The Cutlers are in the London 
phone book and Helen would love to see 
any classmates who happen through there. 
Their three children are all on this side of 
the ocean. Mary Jarvis Cocke teaches En- 
glish full time at the University of Ten- 
nessee at Chattanooga. She and Albert 
have five children and one grandson. Their 
two older sons are both lawyers. 

Alice Johnson Fessenden writes from 
Ogden, Utah that she teaches full time in a 
bi-lingual, bi-cultural (Spanish and Ameri- 
can Indian) program. Her daughters Faith 
and Lucinda are both married. Persis Ladd 

Herold lives in Washington, D.C. where 
her husband is with the Department of State 
and she is an elementary mathematics 
specialist. Ann Moore Remington writes 
most enthusiastically about her job as the 
manager of a branch office of a travel 
agency. She says it is an ever-changing busi- 
ness with many side benefits such as travel 
to all sorts of nice places. She missed re- 
union because her son Mark was married on 
May 18. Pat Ration Garst, who, with her 
husband, lives in Larchmont, is director of 
guidance in a high school. 

My daughter Jeannette (SB '72), after 
teaching in Amherst for two years, entered 
an Episcopal religious order, the Community 
of St. Mary, in September. Since the order 
recently moved their western convent to 
Milwaukee, she is close by. Hannah just 
graduated from Sweet Briar and while I 
write this was still looking for a job. 



Carter VanDevenler Slatery (Mrs. Herbert 

H., Jr.). 4219 Alta Vista Way, Knoxville, 

Tenn. 37919 

Fund Agent 

Sue Corning Whitla (Mrs. Calvin S.), 18 

Shirley Rd., Wellesley, Mass. 02181 

There were about 35 of us back for re- 
union, and we had a marvelous time from 
the picnic at the Boat House through the 
lunch in the Boxwood Gardens. To those 
of you who couldn't come — we missed you. 

This was a big year for graduating child- 
ren. We loved meeting Patty Levi Barnett's 
attractive daughter, Tricia, who graduated 
from Sweet Briar. Her son, Henry, finishes 
at Westminster in Atlanta and is headed for 
Cornell in the fall. Peggy Cromwell Tipper's 
daughter, Meg, graduated from Skidmore 
the same time as reunion — also Nancy Jones 
Worcester's daughter Kathy, from Briar- 
cliff. Ruth Garrett Preucel was down for 
niece, Ruth Willingham's SBC graduation. 
Ruthie's oldest son, Robert, will attend 
Univ. of Penn. this fall, Billy will be a 
junior at Lawrenceville, and tennis-playing 
young Ruth will be back at Shipley, as 
will Polly Plummer Mackie's Allison. Speak- 
ing of tennis, Polly, Margaret Towers Tal- 
man and Ellen Ramsey Clark were the 
athletes at reunion, heading for the tennis 
courts every chance they had! Margaret's 
older daughter, Nell, graduated from St. 
Catherine's and will be going to Denison 
in the fall after a family trip to Europe. 
She was on the Senior Honor Roll. Ann 
Doar Jones' daughter, Bev, was June Scholar 
and Kitty Hart Belew's daughter, Lindsay, 
won the Math Prize. Kitty was wonderful 
to put together the scrapbook once again. 
Maggie Woods Tillett, our reunion chair- 
man, did a great job of coordinating things. 

All of you know that Katie Cox Reynolds 


was commencement speaker (she's also 
Mayor of West Hartford). For those of us 
who couldn't get to campus in time for 
commencement, she gave a repeat perfor- 
mance on the fourth floor of Meta Glass 
at midnight 1 Reports say that the re-run 
was just as good as the original. Another 
celebrity at reunion was Preston Hodges 
Hill, who was elected President of the 
Alumnae Association. Congratulations to 
Preston. Let's do all we can to help make 
her job even more interesting and fun than 
she anticipates it will be. 

Lindsay Coon Robinson and Peggy Quyiin 
Maples won the prize for staying up all 
night talking .... But Lindsay was at the 
Dean's office promptly at ten the next 
morning to find out that she can graduate 
from SBC in 1976. Peggy also had a grad- 
uate this year — Allen, from Hood the day 
before reunion. 

Fritzie Duncumbe Millard was elected 
President of our group, and Polly and 1 
were appointed C?) Secretaries. Polly backed 
out — a temporary situation. I'm sure. 

No grandchildren reported as yet. but 
Sarah Cay Lanford has the youngest child. 
Mary Clayton, five years. Her picture was 
adorable. Sarah's older daughter. Sally, 
enters Smith this fall, and I wish my boys 
could meet herl 

Goodie Geer DiRaddo reports a child in 
every school from kindergarden to college. 
She and Joe had a trip to Israel and Joe 
has re-located his church in Houston — in a 
new, most unusual building. 

Mary Virginia Grigsby Mallett came all 
the way from England just for reunion. The 
whole family loves living there, and Mary 
Virginia was working on a beautiful piece 
of needlepoint that she had gotten there. 
Her oldest son, M. is back in the States — 
a freshman at Pacific University in Oregon 
where he is studying and working — as a 
night disc jockey at the school's radio sta- 
tion. Bill is attending Guildford Technical 
College and working. Barbara goes to school 
by train seven miles away, and is active 
in school and church activities. Stevie, U. 
is interested in singing, and Mary Virginia 
says. "1 shudder to think what will happen 
the day he is no longer a treble!" Coming al- 
most as far as Mary Virginia was Marge 
Babcock Chamberlain who lives on a ranch 
in Grass Valley, Calif. 

Ann Henderson Bannard writes from 
Tucson that they are happily re-settled in 
the West. She is involved in the Traditional 
Indian Alliance, but her main interest and 
work is sculpting. She has had a show in 
Tucson and is planning to exhibit in Scotts- 
dale next fall. 

Jackie Jacobs Buttram is President-Elect 
of the Women's Auxiliary to the Tennessee 
Medical Association and is also a partner 
in the Barn Gallery, an antique shop, at 
Ringgold, Ga., just outside Chattanooga. 

Beth Gorter Jansma and Sally Melcher 
Jarvis have kept up their friendship via 
letters across the Atlantic — even swapped 
daughters for a while. Beth's family enjoys 
sailing in Holland. She has two children. 
Bibi. 16. and Tim. 15. Her husband is a 

Joan McCarlhy Whileman is another 
who missed reunion because of a graduation 
— son Donald's from the Universitv of the 

South. He will continue studying at Vander- 
bilt this fall, and daughter Kimmie will 
be at Pine Manor. 

A note on the questionaire from Camille 
Moss Tebo reveals that she has had MS 
for 9'/j years. In spite of this they are a 
very loving and fun family. Her husband. 
Watson, added a postscript that was a 
beautiful tribute to Camille, They have a 
daughter. Lili, who will be a freshman at 
SBC this fall, a son, Toby, who just grad- 
uated from W and L. and another son, 
Balad, who is still in school at home in 
New Orleans. 

Joyce Smith White is working as a Cor- 
rectional Counselor Supervisor at the Con- 
necticut Correctional Institute. 

Carolyn Cannady Evans writes that their 
son. Hervey. III. graduated from Woodberry 
Forest June 1. and she and Hervey left im- 
mediately for Europe to celebrate their 
23th wedding anniversary. She saw Katie 
Cox Reynolds and Kay Bryan Edwards in 
connection with their daughters' being at 
Emma Willard School with her 15 year 
old Grace. Their oldest daughter Carol is 
married and living in Williamsburg. Va. 
With just one child left at home. Carolyn 
is wondering how to prepare for the "em^ty 
nest syndrome." 

In February. Marie Musgrove McCrone's 
entire senior suite gathered in Richmond for 
her daughter Susan's wedding, Caroline 
Casey McGehee housed both Flip Eusiis 
Weimer and Judy Easley Mak and their 
husbands. At reunion Flip had the most 
elegant gold lorgnette you've ever seen. 

Marcia Fowler Smiley has just finished 
her Florida home "after two years and 
32.000 bricks." She has also taken up flying 
and gone back to riding. 

Judy Baldwin Wa.xler, Bill, and son, 
Peter, went to Norway last summer and 
hiked above the fiords and through the 
mountains. They also had Preston's daugh- 
ter, Ginny. staying with them while she 
was studying at the Maryland Institute, 

For the past four years Lucie Wood 
Saunders has been Chairman of the Anthro- 

pology Department, Lehman College, City 
University of New York. 

Dot Bottom Duffy is a manuscript editor 
for Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc, and is 
leading a very satisfying life in NYC plus 
gardening and sailing in East Hampton, 

The Slaterys have had a double grad- 
uation too — Herbert III from Virginia on 
the day reunion started. He is due in to- 
night from six weeks in Europe and will 
work in Charlottesville next year. Hugh 
graduated from Webb June 6 and will be 
going to Texas Christian this fall. Maybe 
I'll be seeing some of you Texans the next 
few years. 

Ann Lane Hereford and Frank will be 
moving to Carr's Hill in Charlottesville 
this year when Frank takes over as Pres- 
ident of University of Virginia succeeding 
Edgar Shannon whose wife Eleanor Bos- 
worth was a member of the class of '47. 

Sally Ayres Shroyer and son, Lou, are 
both teaching at National Cathedral in 
Washington. Sally still in Math and Lou in 

To conclude — a few vital statistics from 
the 45 questionaires that were returned: 
Five have earned graduate degrees, there 
were 107 children reported, and we are 
all remarkably well-preser\ed! Fifteen have 
regular jobs. Most of us are involved in 
volunteer work, and Alice Trout Hagan 
gave the best definition of that pastime — 
"prune bushes, plant bulbs, weed, drive, 
attend whatever meetings I can't get out of, 
and visit the sick and ailing!" 

Most of this newsletter is composed of 
what you wrote on the questionnaire. Please 
send me lots of new news at Christmas time, 
especially those of you who weren't at re- 
union or haven't been in touch recently. 
I'll see that it is included. 

A note from Fritzie (our new president) 
came just as 1 was finishing this. She says. 
"I for one am looking forward to 1979 and 
the thirtieth. We don't get older — we just 
get betterl" 

(Continued on page 281 




Congratulations to Louise Cobb Boggs "61 of Richmond. Va.. whose bulb sales this year 
totaled $2,694,87, and to Virginia Quinlard Bond "31 of Dedham. Mass,, whose sales 
reached $2,377.29. They will receive a one-week trip to Holland in April 1975 when the 
tulips will be in full-bloom. They will visit the Keukenhof Gardens, the bulb fields, and 
other points of interest in and around Amsterdam. 


The Executive Board of the Sweet Briar Alumnae Association 

President: Preston Hodges Hill '49 (Mrs. Eugene D. Hill. Jr.) 

Denver. Colo. 

First Vice President: Louise Aubrey McFarland '54 (Mrs. J. A. 

McFarland). Columbia. S.C. 

Second Vice President: Eleanor Potts Snod grass "48 (Mrs. C. Strib- 

ling Snodgrass), Jacksonville. Fla. 

Secretary: Jane Ellis Covington '60 (Mrs. James E. Covington. Jr.), 

Richmond. Va. 

Alumnae Fund Chairman: Mary Lee McGinnis McClain '54 (Mrs. 

Frank M. McClain). Winnetka, III. 

Nominating Chairman; Judith Sorley Chalmers '59 (Mrs. Douglas 

A. S. Chalmers). Short Hills. N.J. 

Alumnae Representative Chairman: Martha Mansfield Clement '48 

(Mrs. Wallace Clement). Fairfax, Va. 

Estate Planning Chairman: Carolyn Scott Dillon '57 (Mrs. Carolyn 

S. Dillon). Rochester. N.Y. 

National Bulb Chairman: Catherine Vance Johns '48 (Mrs. Michael 

K. Johns). Washington. D.C. 

Finance Committee Chairman: Margaret Sheffield Martin '48 (Mrs. 

Thomas E. Martin). Atlanta, Ga. 

Continuing Education Chairman: Sally Fishburn Fulton '52 (Mrs. 

George H. Fulton. Jr.). Roanoke, Va. 

Regional Chairmen 

Region 1: Gwen Speel Kaplan '60 (Mrs. Gerald P. Kaplan), Wilton, 

Region II: Patricia Whitaker Waters '44 (Mrs. John S. Waters), 
Lutherville, Md. 

Region III: Judith Burnett Halsey '47 (Mrs. John S. Halsey), 
Richmond, Va. 

Region IV: Elizabeth Smith White '59 (Mrs. William A. White. Jr.), 
Charlotte, N.C. 

Region V: Pam Burwell Benton '68 (Mrs. Barrett Benton). Savan- 
nah. Ga. 

Region VI: Alice Cary Farmer Brown "59 (Mrs. W. L. Lyons 
Brown. Jr.), Prospect. Ky. 

Region VII: Eleanor Alcott Bromley '34 (Mrs. Harry H. Bromley), 
Shaker Heights. Ohio. 

Region VIII: Dorothy Woods McLeod '58 (Mrs. Alexander C. 
McLeod). Nashville, Tenn. 

Region IX: Polly Chapman Herring '61 (Mrs. Fred D. Herring). 
Houston, Texas. 

Region X: Francisca Brackenridge Baldwin '61 (Mrs. Francisca 
B. Baldwin), Pasadena, Calif. 


Jane Roseberry Ewald '52 (Mrs. John A. Ewald, Jr.). Charlottesville, 

Va. Golden Stairs Chairman 

Nannette McBurney Crowdus '57 (Mrs. William W. Crowdus. II), 

Wellesley, Mass. Scholarship Chairman. 

Louise A. Blakeslee '73. Killingworth, Conn. 

Mary Witt '74. Charlottesville. Va. 

Members of the Board of Overseers of Sweet 
Briar College nominated by the Alumnae 
Association and elected by the Board of 
Directors of Sweet Briar College: 

Patricia Traugott Rixey '48 (Mrs. Patricia T. Ri.\ey), Norfolk, Va. 
Anne Noyes Awtrey '43 (Mrs. Ray Awtrey), Washington, D.C. 
Betty Doucett Neill '41 (Mrs. John Neill), Chappaqua, N.Y. 

Members of the Board of Directors and Over- 
seers of Sweet Briar College elected by the 
Board of Directors of Sweet Briar College: 

Sarah Belk Gambrell '39 (Mrs. Charles G. Gambrell), New York, 

Juliet Halliburton Burnett '35 (Mrs. Oscar W. Burnett). Greensboro, 

Dale Hutter Harris '53 (Mrs. Edward R. Harris. Jr.), Lynchburg. Va. 
Eleanor Bosworth Shannon '47 (Mrs. Edgar F. Shannon. Jr.). Char- 
lottesville. Va. 

Sarah Adams Bush '43 (Mrs. Robert S. Bush), Dallas, Texas. 
Roberta Culbertson '73. Richmond. Va. 

Jacquelyn Strickland Dwelle '35 (Mrs. Edward Dwelle. Jr.), Jack- 
sonville, Fla. 

Ann Samford Upchurch '48 (Mrs. Samuel Upchurch). Birmingham, 

Marcia Brandenburg '74. So. Weymouth. Mass. 
Flora Cameron Atherton '46 (Mrs. Holt Atherton), San Antonio, 

Ex Officio Members: 

Dorothy Nicholson Tate '38 (Mrs. John A. Tate. Jr.). Davidson. N.C. 

Boxwood Circle Chairman. 

Catharine Fitzgerald Booker '47 (Mrs. Lewis Booker), Daslon, Ohio. 

Past President of Alumnae Association and Editor of Alumnae 


Ann Morrison Reams '42 (Mrs. Bernard L. Reams). Lynchburg. Va. 

Director of the Alumnae Association. 

Gifts from Special Reunion Classes 


Alumnae Fund 
Capital Campaign 
Total Giving 


Alumnae Fund 
Capital Campaign 
Total Giving 


Alumnae Fund 
Capital Campaign 
Total Giving 

$ 100.00 


$ 700.00 

Alumnae Fund Committee 


Mary Lee McGinnis McClain. 
Dorothy Nicholson Tate. '38 
iane Kosebern' Ewald. '52 
Rose//i'deFaies, '38 
Dale Hutler Harris. '53 
Julia 5arf/erdeColigny, '34 
Elizabeth Bond Wood, '34 
Arm Morrison Reams, '42 
William R. Bates 

'54. Chairman 


The Sweet Briar Fund: July 1, 1973 - June 30, 1974 



Destiny Program 

Through Class Fund Agents 

$ 204,372.34 

$ 81.956.98 

(Includes gifts from Alumnae 

members of Board of Overseers) 

Club Gifts 


Friends of Library 




















Faculty, Staff. Students 





Friends of the Library 


Gifts In Kind 




Less double Credit 




Government Grants Received 




















Friends of the Library 

(Including Club Gifts) 

Alumnae Gifts to Destiny Campaign 

Alumnae Bequests 


June 30, 1973 

$ 4,865.66 

$ 60.450.90 

June 30, 1974 

$ 254.552.79 
$ 3,270,00 

$ 81.956,98 

Alumnae Fund: June 30, 1973, through June 30, 1974 


Fund Agent 


Frances Murrell Rickards 






Xnne Schulle Nolt 



Rachel Lloyd Holton 


Margaret McVey 


Caroline 5/iur/)c Sanders 



Elizabeth Slnxip Dixon 



Helen McMahon 


Jean Grant Taylor 


Juliet i'Wii' Hill 


Margaret Reinhold Mitchell 


Jeanette Boone 


Elizabeth Fuote Gearheart 


Mary Archer Bean Eppes 

No. in class 

No. Giving 

! Percent 





$ 1.260.00 















































































Gwen Olcoit Writer 


Jane Muhlherg Halverstadt 


Eleanor FraH^tf Crawford 


EWa-Jesse Latham 


Emily Marsh Nichols 


Pat Whitford Allen 


Lucile Cox Jones 


Maggie MacRae Jackson 


Dorothy Tisoit Campbell 


Lucy Gordon Jeffers 



Katherine Estes 


Polly Peyton Turner 


Muriel Grymes Blumenthal 


Horms. Bradley Arnold 


Ruth Longmire Wagner 


Elinor C/(?meH( Littleton 


Evie While Spearman 


Meon Bower Harrison 


Mary Somers Booth Parker 


EmmaA!'v/e Kimpel 


Joanne Williams Ray 


Ginger Sheaff Liddel 


Jacqueline lon'e Young 


Joy Parker Eldredge 


Ruth Campbell Van Derpoel 


Nancie//on'e Entenmann 


Kim McMurtry Fowler 


Lanny Tuller Webster 


Alice Gary Farmer Brown 


Margot Saur vleyer 


Laura Conwi y Nason 


Ann Rilchey Baruch 

Mary BeWe Scott Rauch 


Pat Calkins Wilder 

Lucy Otis Anderson 


Jo Ann Soderquist Kramer 


Laura Haskell Phinizy 


Lin Campbell 

Natalie Roberts Sheriff 


Barbara Tillman Goodwin 

Marion MacRae 


Pam Burwell Benton 


Ann Arnspiger Canipe 

Nancy Wendling Peacock 


Candace Buker Chang 


Pam Henery Arey 


Carter Frackelton 


Diane Leslie 

















































60 ■ 












































































The Boxwood Circle 

Each year alumnae who give $1,000 or 
more to Sweet Briar become members of the 
Boxwood Circle. Initiated in 1960 by Nancy 
Dowd Burton '46, Fund Chairman, and 
organized by its first Chairman, Gladys 
Wester Horton '30, the Boxwood Circle 
has contributed close to $2,279,140.00 to 
the College. 

During 1973-74 the following Boxwood 
Circle members contributed $152,840.00. 

Virginia iazeniv O'Hara 'A 
Margaret Potts Williams 'A 

Frances Murrell Rickards "10 
^vi Horner Butterworth '13 
Dovys McConnell Duberg '16 
Ruth Mc/Zravv Logan '17 
Catherine MariAa// Shuler '18 
Florence freeman Fowler '19 
Caroline ^Aarpe Sanders '19 
Florence Woelfel Elston '21 
Yelena Grgitch Prosch '23 
Rebecca Ashcraft Warren '26 
Katherine B/ounr Andersen '26 
Tavenner 77aze/vvoorf Caldwell '26 
Dorothea Reinburg Fuller '26 

RuthJohnston Bowen '26 
Edna Lee Gilchrist '26 
Elise Morley Fink '27 
Eleanor Branch Cornell '28 
Elizabeth Crane Hall '28 
BeWe Brockenbrough Hutchins '29 
Janet Bruce Bailey '29 
Gladys Wester Horton '30 
Dorothy Boy/e Charles '31 
Agnes Cleveland Sandifer '31 
Anne Guppy Dickie '33 
3ul\a Daugherty Musser '34 
Mary Moore Rowe '34 


Bonnie Wood Stookey '34 
iuWeX Hallihurhm Burnett '35 
Mary Whipple Clark '35 
Margaret Huxley Dick '36 
Mary Virginia Camp Smith '36 
Elizabeth Morion Montgomery '36 
Nancy Parsons Jones '36 
Margaret Sandridge Mason '37 
Elinor Ward Francis '37 
Katherine Gardner Stevenson '38 
Josephine Wu/)/jWillinghani '38 
Betty 5mar« Johnson '38 
Sarah Belk Gamhrell '39 
Louise Corrigan Jordan '39 
Yvonne Lefmetl Dyer '39 
Marion Mann Haw kes '39 
Elizabeth Perkins Prothro '39 
Blair Sumi/h^ Both '40 
Betty Doucf;/ Neill '41 
Marie Gaffney Barry '41 
Louise /C;>/i Edwards '41 
Sarah Adams Bush '43 
Frances Gref>f> Petersnieyer '43 
Lucile Christmas Brewster '44 
Flora Cameron Atherton '46 
M'ks Eubank Burke '46 
Helen Murchison Lane '46 
Barbara Warner '46 
Catharine Fitzgerald Booker '47 
Meredith Slane Finch '47 
Ann Samford Upchurch '48 
Jane Roseherry Ewald. '51 
Nancy Pesek Rasenberger '51 
Sa.\\y Fishhurn Fulton '52 
Jane Ramsay Olmsted '52 
Jean Gillespie Walker '54 
Mary Lee McGinnis McClain '54 
Nancy Godwin Baldwin '57 
Martha Bidkley O'Brien '59 
SM\ Dobson Danforth '59 
Kay Proihro Yeager '61 
Ann Ritchey Baruch "62 
Greta Brown Peters '66 
Stephanie Brfdi'n Hyland '68 
3 Anonymous 
Total: 75 

Boxwood Circle Committee 


Dorothy Nicholson Tate. "38 
Elizabeth Prescoii Balch, "28 
Gladys Wester Horton. '30 
Mary Huntington Harrison. '30 
Juliet Halliburton Burnett. '35 
Jacquelyn Strickland Dwelle. '35 
Ellen Snodgrass Park. '37 
Nida Toinlin Watts. '40 
Patricia Traugott Rixey. '48 
Dale Huiter Harris. '53 

The Golden Stairs 

Each year alumnae who give from $250 
to $999 to Sweet Briar become members of 
the Golden Stairs. 

The Golden Stairs was established in 
1968 by the Fund Committee of the Alumnae 
Association. Nancy Hamel Clark. '52. served 
as Chairman of the Golden Stairs from 
1%8-1971. The Golden Stairs has contri- 

buted S322.91 1.00 to Sweet Briar. 

During 1973-74 the following members of 
the Golden Stairs contributed $45,583.00. 

Marion Yerkes Barlow '14 

AnneSchulte Nolt '15 

Emmy Thomas Thomasson 15 

Margaret Banister '16 

Margaret McVey '18 

Isabel Z.i(/tf Witt '19 

Caroline i'/iur/ie Sanders '19 

Rhoda.4//e/( Worden '21 (Deceased) 

Gertrude Puu/i' Crawford '21 

Gertrude Dally Massie "22 

Frederica Bernhard '24 

Florence Bodine Mountcastle '24 

Rebecca Smder Garrison '24 

Mury Stephens Henderson '24 (Deceased) 

Mary Marshall Hobson '24 

EmWy Jeffrey Williams '24 

Frances A'ui// Burgher '24 

Gladys Woodward Hubbard '24 

Dorothy Hamilton Davis '26 

Elizabeth Moore Rusk '26 

Helen Mutschler Becker '26 

Barbara Ware Smith '26 

Margaret Cramer Crane '27 

Rebecca Manning Cutler '27 

Elizabeth Failing Bernhard '28 

Julia Thomas Burleigh '28 

Kate Coe '29 

Mary Gochnauer Dalton '29 

Sarah McKee Stanger '29 

Mary Carlson King '31 

Nancy Coe "31 

iiit\e Muhlherg Halversladt '31 

Evelyn Mullen '31 

Phoebe Rowe Peters '31 

Virginia Bellamy Ruffin '32 

SusanneCuv Linville '32 

Ruth Remon Wenzel '32 

Marcia Patterson '32 

Margaret /4»s;;h Johnson 'i3 

Rose Beverly Bfur Burks '33 

Geraldine A-/u//on' Lees '33 

Josephine /?i(cA-t"r Powell '33 

}eoii\t\elte Sham haugh Stein '33 

Elizabeth Bond Wood '34 

ioanr\e Fink Meeks '34 

Virginia Fosler Gruen '34 

Elizabeth Mayfield Chapman "34 

Julia Sadler deColigny '34 

Betty 5i//(/c Briscoe '34 

Sarah Rick Putnam '35 

Julia Peterkin '35 

Frances Gregory '36 

Katherine M/pi Parker '36 

Margaret Cornwell Schmidt '37 

Virginia Hardin '37 

Ellen Snodgrass Park '37 

Mary Cobb Hulse "38 

Rose Hyde Fales "38 

Dolly Nicholson Tate "38 

Kate Sulzberger Levi '38 

Eleanor C/uy7i>i Williams "39 

Lucy Gordan Jeffers '39 

Katherine Kleberg Yarborough '39 

Mary Mackintosh Sherer '39 

Lee Montague Watts '39 

Gertrude Robertson Midlen '39 

Mary Treadway Downs '39 

Ann Adamson Taylor '40 

Anne Borough O'Conner "41 

Martha Jean Brooks Miller "41 

ioan DeVore Roth "41 

Katherine Estes "41 

Mary Chilton Phillips "42 

Elizabeth Hanger Lippincott "42 
\rene Mitchell Moore "42 
EuherJett Holland "43 
knne McJunkin Briber "43 
Elizabeth Munce Weis "43 
Har\cy Pingree Drake "43 
Elizabeth Schmeisser Nelson "43 
Fredda turner Durham "43 
Mildred Brenizer Lucas '44 
Helen Gravatt Watt '44 
Catherine Tift Porter "44 
Audrey Belts "45 
WylineC/iupmuH Sayler "45 
Evelyn Dillard Grones "45 
Ellen Gilliam Perry '45 
Margaret yo«cs Wyllie '45 
MeVmeJones Voorhees '46 
Jean Love Albert '46 
Mary Vinton Fleming '46 
Eleanor Bf«»'or(/i Shannon '47 
Jean Old '47 

Louise DeVore Towers '48 
]ar\e Johnson Kent '48 
Mary Ludinglon Henningsen '48 
Ann Ricks Griffin '48 
Patty Traugott Rixey '48 
Julia BuWvvm Waxter '49 
Catherine Sur/ipn Brown '49 
Patricia Brown Boyer '49 
Catherine Cox Reynolds "49 
Patricia Dorm Robinson '49 
Catharine //ar(/n7cA Johnston '49 
Preston Hodges Hill '49 
Nancy Lake '49 
Jean Taylor '49 

Elizabeth Trueheart Harris "49 
Katherine Veasey Goodwin "49 
Margaret Wtjods Tillett "49 
Sally Ann Bianchi Foster '50 
Mary Bailey Izard "52 
Nancy //ume/ Clark '52 
lar\e Ramsay Olmsted "52 
Dale Hutter Harris "53 
Louise /4u/!r<?v McFarland "54 
Margaret Davison Block '54 
Anne Sheffield Hale '54 
Preston 5/oc/:;on Bowen '55 
Rose Montgomen' Johnston '56 
Nancy Godwin Baldwin '57 
Carol McMurin,' Fowler '57 
Lynn Crosby Gammill '58 
Margaret Richey Toole '58 
Caroline 5au/j Shaw '58 
Alice Cary Farmer Brown '59 
Lynn Prior Harrington '59 
Sara Finnegan '61 
Catherine Z.i'H« Frangiamore '64 
Elvira McMillan Tate '65 
Nancy Dunham '66 
I Anonvnious 
Total: 133 

Golden Stairs Committee 

}ar\e Roseherrf Ewald. '52 
Jean Gillespie Walker. '54 


iy/;J-/4 UlMi rKUM ULUBS 


$ 1,000.00 
1. 000.00 













Columbus, Ohio 



Fairfield Co. 


Long Island 




Northern New Jersey 

Peninsula of Va. . 







Tidewater (Norfolk) 






















Fairfield Co. 




St. Louis 







$ 400.00 






Boston $800.00 








$ 25.00 



1973-74 Giving At A Glance 

Alumnae Total Giving $1,555,469.24 

Parents Total Giving 197,314.98 

Foundations 409,071.94 

Other Sources 560,767.19 

Volunteer Support 2.722.623.35 










Annual Alumnae Fund Report 1973-1974 

Dear Sweet Briar Alumnae: 

This is my first letter to you as Fund Chairman. I am honored to 
serve the College in this capacity and I am pleased with the report 
of your work and generosity. 

Last year the alumnae pledged that we would raise $1,200,000.00 
in unrestricted funds for the college's 75th anniversary in 1976. This 
will be the largest gift ever from the Alumnae Fund. 

Where do we stand? In 1973 the Alumnae Fund totaled 
$211,323.07. This year our fund reached $254,552.79. Our total 
giving to date is $465,875.86: we are nearlv halfway toward our goal 
of $1,200,000! 

For success in 1976 we need to increase our giving and increase 
the number who give. Tliis year 42% of the alumnae contributed to 
the fund, a figure to be proud of but one we must improve. Your 
gift is vital to our success. Please put Sweet Briar high on your list. 
Help celebrate our 75th anniversary with something special from you. 

Your past and future gifts are needed and greatly appreciated. 

Sincerely yours, 

Mary Lee McGinnis McClain '54 

Chairman, Alumnae Fund 





Sevmour Lauglwn Rennolds (Mrs. John K. 
B.) b007 Three Chopt Rd.. Richmond. Va. 

Fund Agent 

Joanne Williams Fraser (Mrs. Robert Gor- 
don), 3495 Mountain St.. Apt. 1202. Mon- 
treal 109, P. 0. Canada H3G2A5 

Joanne WilUums Ray to Dr. Robert Gordon 
Fraser. June 15. 1974. 

Sue Lockley Glad visited much of the 
class on a 7863-niile trip around America 
last summer, staying with Joan Davis 
Warren. Diana Weeks Berry. Jean Stapleum 
Hellier, and Kitty Arp Waterman. In the 
crisis, this summer she only visited Ruth 
Clarkson Costello on her ferryboat in Sau- 
salito, where (naturally) she slept with 
Ruthie's coyote. Her three daughters slept 
in the pilothouse. Address of Ruthie and 
menagerie is The Society For Comparative 
Philosophy, Inc.. S.S. Vallejo. P. O. Box 
857. Sausalito. 94965. 

Ann Red Barstow has three children in 
college now. the youngest still at home, and 
she has retired from teaching. 

Jody Kuehnle Kaufman, having won her 
M.A. from Western Michigan in 1972. is 
working as a Counselor with the Kalamazoo 
Alcohol and Addiction Council. 

Patty Lvnas Ford is working as Stan- 
ford Medical Center, in Community and 
Preventive Medicine, her specialty being 
parasitology and international health. She's 
also been taking Greek every Monday morn- 
ing at 7:15. plus doing secretarial work for 
the Department of Nephrology. 

Sis Hayden Wolf plus husband and daugh- 
ters are all sailing buffs. 

Janet Broman Crane's 17-year old. Sue. 
was entered in the Women's Singlehanded 
Championship Competition with her 14 
foot Laser. Cathy, a Senior at Wittenburg. 
spent the summer in England at the Univer- 
sity of Exeter. Janet, head of her church 
craft carnival last year, raised $4,000 so now 
has two years as President of the Women's 
Society, She plays tennis and bridge, and 

Mona Wilson Beard is settled with her 
two daughters and Air Force husband Will 
in Honolulu, where they hope to stay. 

Ann Pelesch Hazard reports that Rut- 
ledge, after falling for '51 (and vice-versa) 
at reunion, has retired, as a Brigadier Gen- 
eral, and is now working for the govern- 
ment, and they may be found at 6220 
Kellogg Drive, McLean, Va,, 22101. 

Barbara Lasier Edgerley enjoyed having an 
American Field Service student from Turkey, 
since two of hers have flown the nest: David 
to Colorado School of Mines, and Barbara 
in graphic arts at Drake. 

Toddy Barton went to the English-Speak- 
ing Union Summer School at Jesus Col- 


lege. Oxford. 

Marie Ironmonger Bundy's daughter has 
finished Sweet Briar: Ann Bene! Yellot's 
has two more years. 

Terry Faulkner Phillips, in perfect niche 
as tour guide at the Buffalo Zoo, reports 
Wes restoring furniture in basement, Charley 
(14) gone from acoustic to electric guitar, 
and Terrv, Jr. going from horse shows to 

Ruth Oddy Meyer, mother of 16- and 13- 
year old boys, does hospital volunteer work. 
She gets to travel with her TWA Veep hus- 
band, and last year hit four European 
capitals. Nairobi, and Hong Kong, before 
landing in Bangkok where the local news- 
paper was reporting streaking at SBC, 

Oddly, your letters asked about me. I'm 
writing for a local way-out weekly, and if 
anybody knows how to get a literary agent 
for updated Ass shows, let me know. John 
and I are immersed in what must be a hobby 
(me. a hobby?) which is collecting records 
and sheet music of every song Johnny Mercer 
ever wrote. There are about 700 of them, and 
he's got a new musical opening in London 
this year; so it is a big job, John looks so 
dignified and out of place at back-yard 
sales, but we've gotten everything that's still 
in print, and wish you'd let us know what 
you have, if you'd be willing to dispose of it, 
Terry's Godson, Robert Gordon, is at the 
University of Richmond, and Caroline is at 
Bennington. Amie went to the Summer Ses- 
sion for High School Students at Rhode 
Island School of Design this summer, and 
Margaret BIythe took typing, crafts, and 
needlework here. My Goddaughter, Conway 
Fleming, has finished a successful year at 
Colorado College, and has grown into a 
startling beauty. Mary Pease Fleming hasn't 
changed one iota, and certainly not one inch. 

Jean Randolph Bruns, now living in 
Alexandria. Va.. has been appointed as- 
sistant director of public relations at the 
Washington Hospital Center, a huge inner- 
city hospital. Her son Bryan. 18. a Merit 
finalist, has been traveling around the world 
(west to Japan last Oct.) and enters Beloit 
College in the fall. Daughter Mary. 15, was 
a member of the first all-girl varsity "8" 
in the history of crew in Alexandria Public 
Schools. She spent part of the summer in 
Mexico with her grandmother and during 
the school year worked weekends in a large 
import outlet in Alexandria. 



Bruce Waits Krucke (Mrs. William). 101 

Old Tavern Lane. Summerville. S.C. 29483 

Fund Agent 

Jov Parker Eldredge (Mrs. Charles L.). 

4550 Island Rd., Miami. Fla. 33137 


Nancy Moody to James H. Leach on March 

25, 1974, He is a bank officer (with a Ph.D. 

in Botany from the University of Texas). 

Nancy has added two more stepchildren to 

her two others. The older two are married 
(Sally lives in Vermont and Bill is at the 
University of Texas) and the two younger 
are at home (Melissa a Freshman at Sewanee 
and Moira in 5th grade). Nancy has been in i 
Who's Who of American Women in the J | 
South and Southwest twice! Horses are 
still one of her big interests. 

Katherine Page to Page Croyder and Jimmie 
Diehl in January 1973, She joins Frederick, 
8 and Leonard 4. Page taught and flew 
summers with contract airlines all over 
the world till she married and has taught 
(H.S. Soc. Stud.) off and on since. Her 
family camping trips have brought her in 
contact with Sally Cummo« Plummer. 

1 don't think Edmund F. H. LeClere was 
ever announced. He's 3 now — the 5th child 
of Martha Dabney and Roger. Martha is 
very involved in the Twentieth Century Art 
Gallery in Williamsburg. Their interests 
combine antiques and contemporary art. 

Reunion: Really great! Sorry so many of 
you missed it. There was a good group of 
us talking all night and enjoying SBC's gor- 
geous spring garb and the lovely new build- 
ings. Your present officers were unanimously 
reelected — no one else would accept the 
nomination! We are: Margaret Davison 
Block. President. Joy Parker Eldredge. 
Fund Chairman, and me. Secretary. If you 
don't come to the 25th reunion you may 
just find yourself elected to some job! Work 
will begin shortly on the large gift we plan 
to give the college on the occasion of our 
25th. We had one of the biggest groups at 
reunion. Those attending were: Joy Bennett 
Hortshorn and Danny — our only escort for 
the weekend. Weezie Aubrey McFarland, 
"Dodo" Booth Hamilton. "Kobo" Chobot 
Garner, Margaret Davison Block, Lamar 
Ellis Ogiesby, Jean Gillespie Walker, Peggy 
Hohhs Covington, Meri Hodges Major, Billy 
hdale Beach, Ann May Via, Margie Morris 
Powell, Mary Hill Noble Caperton, Joy 
Parker Eldredge, Barbara Pinnell Prit- 
chard, Shirley Poulson Hooper, Faith 
Rahmer Croker, Mary Jane Roos Fenn, Ruth 
Sanders Smith, Suzie Strihiing Koster, 
Vicky Too/ Pierce. Betty Walker Dykes, 
and Bruce Watts Krucke. Everybody looked 
just like they did except Suzie — she weighs 
80 pounds!! Vicky made the longest trip — 
from Great Falls. Montana. Margaret put 
together a terrific scrapbook tor the class. I 
have it here in case anyone would like to 
(hint, hint — I love company) come see it. 
Drop me a line if there's anyone you'd like 
to know the whereabouts and doings of. I've 
gathered here a few of the more unusual, 
exciting or interesting items as highlights 
for those of you who couldn't see the whole 
book. This may be the world's longest run- 
on paragraph, but space is a factor. Erwin 
Alderman Davis' daughter. Annette, plays 
on the U.Va. polo team. Weezie Aubrey 
McFarland is getting her Masters in Sec- 
ondary School Guidance. Sue Bassett Fin- 
negan owns and runs Elmwood Interiors 
in Rochester. Jayne Berguido Abbott and 
family have left the rat race of Suburbia 
and moved to the Cape where they all work 
in a boatyard in Falmouth. Mary Anne 
Bowns Bell and Dan own (with a group of 
friends) 230 acres in Tortola. British Virgin 
Isles, which they are developing. She also 

owns a lumber business in Canada which 
she and her brother run. Anne Brooke spent 
1974 in Cardiff. Wales, on Sabbatical from 
Vassar. writing a book about Geoffrey of 
Monmouth. She got her Ph.D. from Brown. 
Joan Chainherlain Englesman is working on 
her Ph.D. in Historical Theology at Drew. 
Jerry Drieshuch Ludeke and family have 
bought some land in Haines. Alaska, for 
their camping interest. Nancy Lee Edwards 
Paul and family now live on a 115 acre 
farm in Maryland which they got after 
Paul's heart attack in 1971. Nancy is a copy 
editor of medical books for Harper and Row. 
The hospital (old and new parts) in Hickory, 
N.C.. has been rededicated and named for 
Ruthie Fn'e Deaton's father who passed 
away last September. The Deatons have a 
40 foot sailboat which they keep in Fort 
Lauderdale, where they go as often as pos- 
sible. The boat is available for charter if 
anyone would like to go sailing. Sally Gam- 
mon Plummer and family are building a 
new house in Evergreen, Colo. Our first 
news from Liz Helm Lawson in years — she 
and Jim have four boys aged 13, 12, 10 
and 7. Ann Henry Lake's children all swim 
for Tulsa's AAU team and Betsy is on the 
High School Varsity Swim Team — a stroke 
for Women's Lib. Meri Hodges Major has 
been lecturing to various clubs on herb gar- 
dening and various aspects of colonial plan- 
tations. Hattie Hughes Stone's oldest boy 
was a National Merit Scholar and is going 
to MIT. Billy Isdale Beach is V.P. and 
Sec'y-Treas. of N-CON Systems — active in 
design and production of automatic sampling 
and control equipment. She's responsible 
for the company's sales, advertising, and 
public relations and attends many seminars, 
trade shows, and conferences and has given 
nine papers to these groups on automatic 
sampling. She's a senior member of the 
Society of Women Engineers and serves as 
a role model for combining marriage, family 
and an active career. Peggy Jones Steuart 
produces and acts in the Kenwood Pro- 
duction plays and is studying for and work- 
ing on the History of Washington Bicen- 
tennial book to be put out by the Junior 
League. Nancy Maury Miller is Women's 
Editor for the Delray Beach News Journal. 
Margie Morris Powell's second daughter 
will go to SBC this fall. Mary Hill Noble 
Caperton works for the SPCA as well as 
being State Services Chairman for the Vir- 
ginia Museum and on various other boards. 
Her oldest. Doug, has been given a year off 
from U.Va. to play guitar in New Orleans. 
Ian, 17, has been self-supporting and seeing 
the world for two years and now will go to 
the Community College in C'ville when he 
turns 18. Emily, 11, is at home and Mary 
Hill's three stepdaughters are all in nursing 
school. Joan Oram Reid and family have 
lived in Nigeria for 12 years now. She teaches 
African History at home to 50 ladies of all 
nationalities. Her older boys go to Oxford 
for school and the Reids spent the summer 
there this year too. Our sympathies to Shirley 
Paulson and Gil Hooper whose daughter, 
Stacey, was killed in an auto accident in 
late '72. They have established a scholar- 
ship for a freshman at Stratford College 
where Stacey went. There is also a sports- 
manship award and a hockey camp scholar- 
ship in her memory at St. Paul's School for 

Girls in Baltimore. Shirley's oldest daughter 
was married last August with many SBCers 
at the wedding. Fran Reese Peale and family 
took a trip to the Galapagos Islands in 
1973. Ruth Sanders Smith — only 20 years 
late — got her BS degree this year — in Biology 
from St. Elizabeth's College in New Jersey. 
Miss Belcher is so pleased. Bettie Sheppard 
Banks' daughter, Betsy, graduated from 
SBC this year! She is to be an Assistant in 
Dance at the College this fall and her picture 
appeared on the cover of the August issue 
of Glamour. Bettie is a psychotherapist. 
Bev Smith Bragg's daughter, Dabney. is a 
sophomore at SBC. Their whole family 
toured England this summer. Jeanne Siod- 
dan Barends sings in a 9 member gospel 
group called the New Creations. Besides 
spring vacations at Sanibel Island. Fla.. and 
summer vacations at the Word of Life Re- 
treat resort in Schroom Lake, N.Y., they 
have get-away cabins about an hour from 
Columbus and in Michigan. Jeanne's whole 
family are very active in the Grace Brethern 
Church and evangelism. Her husband re- 
cently underwent a full series of hospital 
tests — as did my oldest son, Carl. Both 
were suspected of having brain tumors but 
both proved to have only the symptoms, 
thank goodness! Clare Rosegger's family 
has leased a farm in Austria for 10 years. 
It's about 100 miles from Vienna and they 
spend summers there. Clare is guite an 
artist — especially in enamel and silver 
jewelry. Polly Van Peenan Grimes' hus- 
band, Joe, is now Manager of International 
Affairs for Honeywell and they will be going 
to Belgium or Japan. She is working on her 
Ph.D. in Linguistics. Betty Walker Dykes 
had a trip to Africa with the whole family 
last year. We (the Kruckes) moved to Sum- 
merville. S.C, in April when Raybestos 
decided to have the management of the pro- 
ducts made in Charleston have their offices 
there too. 1 love the weather — had forgotten 
how good it felt to be warm all the time. 
We're enjoying our new house a^fi club but 
I'm having trouble adjusting to th^ Southern 
pace again after all those years in the North- 
east. I work out my frustrations teaching 
lifesaving and dog obedience. In the latter 
field the main accomplishment of the year 
was finally getting the Companion Dog 
Excellent Degree on my Champion Dober- 
man — making him one of about six male 
champion Dobes in the country to have a 
CDX. There's no SBC club here, but Nella 
Gray Barclay had a lovely lunch for me 
with Meta Space Moore (both '55). Lynn 
Carlton McCaffree's daughter Betsy was 
valedictorian of her class. Liz Carper Hoff- 
man's daughter graduated from Duke and 
Mark is at Tulane. Cam Brewer Klos and 
family have moved from Abington, Pa., to 
Loveladies, N.J. — on Ladybug Lane, no less. 
Gwen Moir Bryan and Malcolm have left 
Amherst, Va., for Kingsport, Tenn. Nancy 
Campbell Zivley's oldest went to W&L this 
year. Nancy and Walter had a trip to Greece 
and Yugoslavia and Nancy has gone into the 
decorating business. Well, that's a sample of 
what's going on with the Class of 1954 — ^you 
all know all the rest of the things — carpools, 
gardens, volunteer work, tennis, etc. Please 
send me where your children go to college 
this year (if they do!) and I'll make a list 
for next time. Do you realize that for the 

25ih reunion lots of us will be grandmothers? 



Snowdon Durham Kisner (Mrs. Harold H. 

Kisner) 624 S. Mildred St.. Charles Town. 

West Virginia 25414 

Fund Agent 

Alice Cary Farmer Brown (Mrs. W. L. Lyons. 

Jr.) Fincastle. Prospect. Kentucky 40059 

What a wonderful 15th reunion we had. 
and how sorely we missed our absent mem- 
bers! 1 hope everyone will try to make our 
20th. Sweet Briar is growing more beauti- 
ful and stimulating with each year. Our 
gay and gorgeous group — 16 strong — was 
housed in Grammer — right next to the Class 
of 1919. who must have loved our all night 
gab sessions and hangings in the hall, but 
who sweetly did not complain. Anyway, we 
loved being together, and were all amazed at 
the instant commaraderie estabished. The 
prize for the bravest gal in our group has 
to go to Suzanne Hafer Hambrick. who 
transferred to U.N.C. her junior year and 
whom most of us hadn't seen in 17 years! 
She was cute as ever and sounds like she 
leads a very busy life in Hickory. Catherine 
Brownlee Smeltzer drove up from Roanoke 
and added her lovely quiet humor to the 
group. Liz Chambers Burgess is constantly 
on the go. Her husband is a professor. Betsy 
Colwill Wiegers. whom I have the privilege 
of seeing fairly often, is still free lance con- 
sultant with Time — Life Books in New 
York. She and George have just bought a 
brownstone in the east 80's and Betsy is 
delighted to finally have a guest room (al- 
though she swears she has no furniture 
for it!). She and George and Alexander were 
on their way to Myrtle Beach after reunion. 
Betsy Duke Seaman and Mary Blair Scott 
Valentine saved the day by bringing a good 
supply of Bloody Mary mix. Betsy is very 
active in the girl scouts and Mary Blair is 
teaching tennis at St. Catherines. And speak- 
ing of tennis, we had our own Wimbleton 
going for three days. Tabb Thornton Farin- 
holt. Susan Taylor Montague. Mary Blair. 
Betsy Seaman. Judy Sorley Chalmers, and 
Virginia MacKethan Kitchin played so much 
that we feared for their health. One after- 
noon, one foursome played 8 sets!! Out of 
my league entirely . . . 

Alice Cary Farmer Brown is as perky and 
enthusiastic as ever. She agreed to be our 
fund agent for another five years, and I hope 
we'll all support her (and S.B.C.) 100%. 
Her oldest son is off to boarding school this 

It was grand to see our two Lynchburg 
residents. Sarah Jane Murdock Moore, and 
Elizabeth Johnston Lipscomb, who teaches 
English part-time at Randolph-Macon. 
Elizabeth's husband is rector at the Epis- 
copal church there. Sarah Jane and Jim ar- 


rived at our class picnic with oodles of cham- 
pagne which was joyfully consumed. Our 
thanks again to Miss Lee for her gracious 
hospitality. The rainy weather dampened 
our spirits not a whit! 

Jane Jamison Tatman. who journeyed all 
the way from Richmond. Indiana, is fun- 
nier and prettier than ever. She calls her- 
self "old grey." but on her it looks terrific. 
Jane bravely left George in charge at home 
to drive down with her parents who were the 
most attractive couple on campus. Mrs. 
Jamison (Sally Cutlistinl was back for her 
45th reunion! 

Judy Sorley Chalmers was most excited 
about coming back to S.B.C. in July with 
her whole family for the tennis camp. What 
a good way to spend a family vacation. 

Fleming Parker Rutledge is in her second 
year at Union Theological Seminary. We 
were all fascinated to talk to her about 
the role of women in the church today, 
and hope she will be one of the first women 
ordained as an Episcopal priest. 

Connie Fitzgerald Lange had been up 
all night before coming to reunion, and I'm 
afraid we didn't help her catch up on her 
rest. She is very involved in civic affairs in 

Courtney Gibson Pelley and Herb left for 
a two year tour of duty in Japan in June. 
Chuck and I have enjoyed seeing them while 
they were in Arlington. Their house is a per- 
fect blend of antiques and lovely things 
they've collected from their tours in Beirut 
and Cyprus. 

Elsie Prichant Carter couldn't be with us 
because Catherine had a piano recital, but 
several of us talked to her on the phone. 
Word reaches me from Charleston friends 
that Billy is a super cardiologist — not sur- 

Chuck and I had the great pleasure of at- 
tending Di Doscher and Don Spurdle's 
wedding in Connecticut a year ago last May. 
Don. who is Business Manager of Time 
magazine, is a delightful, zany guy. Di was 
a perfectly beautiful bride, and in spite of 
intermittant showers, a joyful reception was 
held in the Doscher's lovely garden full of 
blooming azalea and dogwood. We've spent 
several grand weekends with the Spurelles 
here and in N.Y.C. Di is still a broker at 
Hayden-Stone. Barbie Lewis Weed and Joe 
were also at Di's wedding. They spend a 
great deal of time sailing with their two 
little bovs. 

Ernie Arnold Westwig writes that she was 
unable to come to reunion as her husband 
was in France on business and arrange- 
ments for her two children. Karen, 7. and 
Erik, 4. were just too complicated. Ernie 
is teaching a Teen-age Parents Program and 
is enjoying her second year as President 
of the A.A.U.W. of Corning. Erik is suc- 
cessfully learning to play the violin via the 
Suzuki method! 

Chuck and I are very busy, still expand- 
ing and redoing our house. I have found 
great satisfaction working with retarded 
children in Garden Therapy this year and 
look forward to continuing next fall. Our 
boys, Kenneth and Richard Tyler, 9 and 6. 
are on the park swim team, and I spend 
hours cheering them on, driving to out-of- 
town meets, and hanging up wet towels! Our 
girls Julie, IV, and Leslie, lb. are in Scotland 

for the summer acting as mother's helpers to 
my sister (Louise Durham Purvis '62) and a 
friend. Julie will be going to Notre Dame 
Academy in Middleburg, Va,, next year as 
a five-day boarder. 

Nellie Morison Jacobs has been teaching 
remedial reading and loves it. She and Travis 
and the children will spend several weeks at 
Chappaquidick this summer as usual. 

Just as 1 was about to close this great opus. 
I had a wonderful telephone call from Sue 
Highl Rountree. Her husband. Jody, is the 
Director of Publications for Colonial Wil- 
liamsburg. They live on Duke of Glouchester 
Street and love being in the center of such a 
fascinating place. Sue says she doesn't do 
much but care for Christopher, 2, and Jef- 
frey, 5, but knowing Sue. I don't believe 
that's true. 

I'll close with a most sincere apology for 
such a disjointed and "unnewsy " offering. 
Since this job was thrust upon me at re- 
union, the deadline date was changed, and 
thinking I'd have lots of time to gather 
news. I've found I had none. Most of the 
goodies have come straight from my be- 
fuddled head, so please forgive my inac- 
curacies or misinformation. I promise to be 
better organized for the next issue. In the 
meantime, keep those cards and letters 
coming in! 



Lucile McKee Clarkson (Mrs. William. IV) 

1401 Forest Edge Dr., Arlington, Texas 


Fund Agents 

Judy Powell. 440 Emerson. Dallas, Texas 


Michael Nexen Robertson (Mrs. Charles H.. 

Jr.) 3645 Ingleside Dr., Dallas, Texas 75229 


Dee Cassedy to David Lambert. 


Ridgcly Miller to Brad Googins. 


Stephen Beaudouin to Stephanie Beaudouin 

and George Albert Piper. May 21. 1974. 

Not having attended the first five-year 
reunion of the Illustrious Class of 1969 has 
its definite drawbacks — the two main ones 
being: not seeing friends who did attend 
and not being able to cast my vote for some- 
one else to become scribe and chief scoop 
gatherer for our class. As I begin this letter 
I feel rather ill remembering all of Scar's 
endless news items. How and where she was 
able to come up with all of her super scoop 
will always amaze me. Living in Arlington. 
Texas (amid the vast wasteland between 
Dallas and Fort Worth) with no Watts line 
and only pen and paper plus our most ef- 
ficient postal system to aid me. I am really 
counting on each of you to write, wire or call 
me with news of yourselves or of other class- 
mates. If you have access to an all power- 
ful Watts — use it: I need scoop! 

I have received reports that the Reunion 
«as great and that all eighteen who did at- 
tend will never let the rest of us forget that 

we missed the first of our reunions at dear 
ole' SBC. Martha Brewer was unanimously 
elected Class President for the next five 
years. Brewer will be planning our next re- 
union while continuing her fight for women's 
rights at the University of Georgia and pre- 
paring for medical school. Michael Nexson 
Robertson and J. P. Powell are our new 
fund raisers, so when you see their names on 
the return address get your check books 
ready for action. 

Those who did attend the reunion tried 
to keep up with our physical fitness champ 
Betsy West Gripps (who continues to run a 
mile-a-day and play on a field hockey team) 
by hiking up and down to the third floor of 
grammar where they were housed. Many 
thanks go to the Olivers from all of the 
Class of '69 for the super picnic they had 
for the members of the class who made it 
back. Ginny Stanford Perdue said that the 
Sweet Briar House looked beautiful in its 
newly decorated condition. Ginny went down 
from Rehoboth Beach. Delaware, where she 
and John are kept busy with their little 
daughter Meredith, and the endless stream 
of houseguests one tends to acquire by living 
at the beach. Others heading South after a 
mini-reunion in Washington. D.C. were 
Anne Briber. Nancy Wendling Peacock, and 
Win Waterman Lundy. Win is living in 
Bettendorf. Iowa, where she is the buyer 
for a shop: Nancy is teaching school in 
Atlanta: and Anne is working in the travel 
division of American Express. Another 
Washingtonian that made the pilgrimage 
to SBC was Liz Medaglia, who is looking 
forward to her job as one of Washington's 
assistant D.A.'s this fall. 

Ann Tremain Lee drove down from Char- 
lottesville, where she was visiting her parents, 
for the picnic at the Olivers. Although 
C'viile is just down the road, the "Going 
Shortest Distance to the Reunion Award" 
goes to Bertie Zotack and to Pat Wintun 
Mundy. Bertie was living on campus at the 
time and the Mundy's own a farm across 
the highway from the college. Pat is teach- 
ing at the Amherst Academy and enjoying 
country life. Anne Richards Camden, who 
is living not far away in Madison Heights 
with her husband and two children, was 
another native to attend the reunion rites. 

According to my best source Kathy Montz 
Miller has not changed a bit and has two 
sons who are following in their mother's 
rollicking footsteps. Linda Donald came 
from Syracuse. N.Y. where she is completing 
work on her architectural degree. Her pro- 
ject is no less than the redesigning of Bab- 
cock. Another returnee involved in the final 
pursuit of Academe was Bryan Alpin Bente. 
Bryan is completing her doctorate in physical 
chemistry. She and her husband Paul plan 
on moving to Wilmington. Del., where they 
will be working for Hercules and DuPont. 
And also preparing for a move was Ginny 
Kay Baldwin Cox. Ginny Kay and Tommy 
are moving to Newport News, Va. where he 
will be the Assistant to the City Attorney. 
Ellen Hunter will also be living in Newport 

Now for some news of us who did not 
journey back. Jane Banks was in Dallas in 
June visiting her sisters. Jane is working as 
a stewardess and it seemed to me has visited 
every glamorous and exotic place in the 


world. Her sister, Anne Banks Herrod (SBC 
'68) told me that she and Annie Green Gil- 
bert who also lives in Seattle, Wash., see 
each other a great deal. She reported that 
Annie is teaching dance and giving dance 
concerts while her husband completes his 
residency at a local hospital. 

Sometime during the Spring Keithley Rose 
Ewell wrote saying she was visiting much 
of the Orient while living in Hong Kong. 
She had recently visited Singapore and In- 
donisia. In between her travels Keithley 
teaches school and is working for an Asian 
fashion magazine. 

Frere Murchison Gornton and Dean 
bought a house in the Historical District 
of Wilmington, N.C., which they are re- 
novating. Interestingly the house was origi- 
nally built by Frere's great-grandfather. In 
Atlanta, Haden Ridley Winborne and John 
have also become proud homeowners. Haden 
works with the same fabric firm as I do in 
our Atlanta office and I'm sure she spends 
from 9 until 5 daily playing "home decora- 

I talked to Cathy Hall Stopher who had 
just returned from a vacation where she and 
Ed had played tennis on the court next to 
Stan Smith. Cathy said that "Stan" had 
been wired — racquet and all — so that the 
sound of the perfect serve could be recorded. 
It seems that the sounds of the Stophers" 
balls gave quite a different reading from 
Stan's and they were asked to postpone their 
match until the recording session ended! 
Cathy had also been to Ridgely Fuller's (now 
Mrs. Brad Googins) wedding in Cambridge, 
Mass. She saw Nancy Crawford Bent who is 
attending nursing school in hopes of one day 
being a midwife. Dina Moser McQuinn and 
her husband Brian, who recently graduated 
from Harvard Business School, were there 
joining in the festivities. They have recently 
moved to Medford, Ore. where Brian is 
working with a large lumber press concern. 
Helen WilUngham Hildreth and John were 
there telling numerous stories about their 
attempts at planting crops sans the advice 
of the local mountaineers and the disastrous 
results that followed, especially with their 
corn. John does landscape gardening there 
and Helen keeps busy with their large col- 
lection of animals, baking, canning, gar- 
dening and of course, enjoying mountain 

There are three '69er's living in Cincinnati. 
Mimi Lane Hamilton has recently moved 
there (following a disastrous attempt by the 
movers to get across the mountains of West 
Virginia). Mimi is now settled and working 
as a volunteer for the educational T.V. sta- 
tion in Cincinnati. Since Mimi's arrival she 
says she has seen lots of Marney Millan 
Upson. Pat Gilroy Warrick came down from 
Cincinnati for the reunion and I've heard 
from everyone her little girl is adorable. 

Mary Elizabeth Beckner Henke has com- 
pleted her twelve month training course in 
Medical Technology at the Univ. of N.C. at 
Chapel Hill. Chapel Hill will also be the 
home of Claudette Harlowe Dalton, who 
will be doing her internship in anaesthe- 
siology there: while husband Keith com- 
pletes his residency. They have built a home 
there; so it looks like a permanent move. 

In Atlanta Carolyn Mapp Rogers has just 
ended a term as co-chairman of the S.B.C. 

Bulb project to look forward to the prospects 
of being chairman of the same next year. 
Carolyn is working part time at First Na- 
tional Bank. She even gets to schedule her 
own working hours. Being a 9-to-5er my- 
self that sounds unbelievably super. In her 
spare time Carolyn does volunteer work in 
the Recovery Room at a hospital. Carolyn 
was at a wedding in New York recently 
where she saw Kejthley Rose Ewell and Belle 
Quesenberry Mclntyre. Ann Arnspiger 
Canipe is another Atlanta banker. Ann is 
an officer in the credit department of the C 
and S Bank there. Wendy Jones Klingen- 
smith works with two interior designers in 
Atlanta. Betsy Blackwell Laundon has re- 
cently moved to a new house in Norcross, 
Ga. (a suburb to the North) but commutes to 
Ga. State U. to continue work on her"M.B.A. 

In March my parents rescued me from the 
Lonestar State and treated me to a trip to 
San Francisco. Ruthie Hoopes who had just 
moved out from the Big Apple acted as our 
tour director. She travelled all over the 
U.S.A. last year and decided after a long 
stay on the West Coast to make it her home. 
It is so beautiful 1 can understand why. She 
loves living in San Francisco and is enjoy- 
ing everything a city so culturally oriented 
has to offer. Ruthie reports that Marnite 
Calder and she see each other for lunch 
quite often. Both are working for computer 
companies. Gail Hemstreet Fell is located in 
San Francisco where she has a very high 
position with the Federal Energy Administra- 

Anne Rhett Taylor is living with her family 
in Jacksonville, Fla. while she completes 
work on her Masters in French and teaches 
at a local private school. 

Diane Belong Fitzpatrick is working in 
Washington, D.C. for Kirchner Assoc, and 
has recently received award certificates 
from the Director's Club of Washington for 
her graphic designs. 

Our happily retired Class Secretary, Ms. 
Seanlan writes that she is doing her part 
for the female cause "particularly on job 
discrimination, rape and abortion." She also 
writes a weekly column in the Los Angeles 
papers for her Representative in the House 
and does his press releases. I am sure she 
is also sipping a glass of champagne mut- 
tering to herself about the joys of being 
released from the duties of chief scoop 

Please write so I can report your good 



Gina Mancusi Wills (Mrs. E! Ashley). Am 

Con Gen (Buch), A.P.O., N.Y. 09757 

Fund Agent 

Pam Henery Arey (Mrs. Patrick K.), 112 

Oakview Dr,, Lexington, Va. 24450 


Ann Tippin to Antonio Wallack Hughes, 

January 1974. 

Katie Worobec to Stephen Francis Story, 

August 17, 1974. 

Carol Johnson to William Thomas Haigh, 
March 23. 1974. 

Pam Faura to Eric Blomberg, June 1974, in 
Cambridge, Mass. 

Caroline Tuttle to Frederick Murray. Jan- 
uary 19, 1974. 

Anne Howe to John Nelson, June, '71. 
Rusti Cady to Hugh Scott III, August, '71. 
Dayton Lawson to Raymond T. Miller, 
summer, '71. 

Molly McKean to Ted and Louise Dempsey 

Anne Arey to Pat and Pammy Henery Arey. 
Todd Cooper Miller to Raymond and Day- 
ton Lawson Miller. 

Greetings from the mini-gulag! Ted and 
Louise Dempsey McKean are in Laconia, 
N.H., where Lawyer Ted is working while 
Louise minds Molly. Jennifer Slade is ex- 
cited about her master's program in Yale's 
School of Forestry and Environmental Stu- 
dies, where she is specializing in wildlife 

Wendy Talboii Schaff is teaching in an 
independent K-2 school while Mark is in 
New Haven government. Maggie Mather 
Feldmeier reports that a spring vacation in 
Florida is a nice respite for new homeowners 
struggling with paints, gardens and com- 
munity activities. In N.Y.C., Pamolu Old- 
ham is finishing her M.F.A. in Fiction at 
Columbia while working at an African pub- 
lishing house, and Liz Glassman is research- 
ing 19th century photos for the Metropolitan. 
Lissy Stevenson Sanger is teaching at the 
Lenox School in N.Y.C., refreshed by a sum- 
mer in Europe. 

Sioux Greenwald has broken into the 
N.Y.C. retail world in B. Altman's Execu- 
tive Development Dept.. and is building 
better buyers. Wendy Weiler Maffucci lives 
in Waldwick, N.J., but has risen to Executive 
Accounts Manager with her Philadelphia 
employment agency's New York office. Jill 
Minnema in Hawthorne, N.J., has finished 
law school despite her growing enchantment 
with the Ridgewood Gilbert & Sullivan 
Society, of which she is assistant director 
and general dogsbody (?). Carol Johnson 

Recent Deaths 

Mrs. M. E. Bradfield (Mildred Ely SP) 

April 23, 1973 
Miss Henrianne Early '13 

May 1974 
Mrs. Mitchell C. Bass (Eva Cuinnock '29) 

August 1973 
Miss Margaret L, Hiett '29 
Mrs. Jasper Muir (Frances Puckett '29) 
Miss Irene G. Kellogg '32 

May 1, 1974 
Mrs. T. Garrison Morfit (Eleanor Little '39) 

August 10, 1974 
Mrs. Harry F. Johnson (Mary Howell '46) 

August 1973 
Mrs. John B. Minor (Genevieve Ray '47) 

March 18. 1974 
Mrs. Dante Fiorini (Beatrice Bailly '62) 
Mrs. Harvey M. Hackett, HI (Patricia Jones '66) 

July 14, 1974 

Haigh is a Placement Counselor at Katti- 
erine Gibbs School in NYC. and moved to 
Manhattan in August. 

Nancy Liebowilz Voss is in Butler. Pa., 
where Bob works tor Bobby Brooks and 
Nancy is intent on teaching. Mim Washa- 
baugh will have her MAT from U. of Pa. in 
elementary ed. soon, and spent July in 
France. Antonio and Ann Tippin Hughes 
have bought a house in Keswick (N.J., or 
Pa., or Va.?). Mimi Sonslelie Spahr is a 
caseworker in a state assistance office while 
David fmishes architecture school at Penn 
State. After a summer with Exxon in N.Y.C.. 
Ellen Weintraub returns to U. of Pa. to 
finish her MBA at Wharton and then plans 
to enter the business world. 

Beryl Berquisl Farris and Marc are back 
on U.S. shores. Beryl is entering the Walter 
F. George School of Law at Mercer Univer- 
sity in Macon. Ga.. while Marc is stationed 
at the Indian Head. Md.. Naval Ordnance 
Station. "There will be a lot of flying be- 
tween Indian Head and Macon for us!" 
While still in Italy. Beryl reported finding 
a great hand-embroidered linen shop just 
off the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, whose 
shopkeeper spoke fabulous English — it 
was none other than our own Pinkey 
Walkley. Beryl will miss her constant tra- 
velling with the Sixth Fleet Singers, which 
took her to Portugal. Spain. France, 
Andorra. Italy. Germany. Belgium. Yugosla- 
via. Greece and Turkey. 

Cindy Clarke wrote with joy about the 
ending of her law school years, and anti- 
pated an exciting time as a lawyer at the 
Communications Satellite Corporation 
(COMSAT). Barbie Gracey is still enjoying 
her job as a special assistant and speech 
writer in the Office of Energy Resource 
Development, Federal Energy Administra- 
tion, in Wash.. D.C.. and sees a lot of SBC 
girls. Shannon Salmon is still a busy exe- 
cutive, but found time to move to a roomy 
suburban apt. in Arlington. 

In Charlottesville. Mary Francis Oakey 
is continuing to teach the fourth grade in 
Madison. Va., while Heman finishes his 
thifd year in law school. Dee Kvsur Smith 
is continuing her research on the vision- 
brain relationship in cats while Mike is at- 
tending U.Va. and working in the hospital. 
Wendy Weiss teaches 5th grade in Madison. 
Va.. after a summer of travelling and a part 
time job with the U.Va. Alumni Assoc. 
Kathy Garcia finished her Masters degree 
in August, and is teaching secondary En- 
glish in Warrenton. Va.. while friend John 
counsels there. Kathy discovered that a trip 
to Russia is a fine weight-loss plan; though 
she thoroughly enjoyed the sights and was 
impressed by the schools, she came home 
with a case of dysentery that took 2 months 
to get rid of. and carried with it 20 pounds! 
Kathy is also singing with the C'ville Ora- 
torio Society, and planning to continue 
studies in music. 

Pammy Henerv Arey and Pat. along 
with Lindsay. 2. and Anne. 1. are enjoying 
all the joys and trials of owning a new home. 
Pat is now first in his class at WiL Law- 
School, and Pammy reports that "the 
girls" are pretty outstanding, too. 

Robi Randolph is finishing up her MAT 
in English at Dominion in Norfolk, and 


using her spare time to become a fine belly- 
dancer! Alix Sommer will spend another 
year teaching 7th and 8th grade history in 
Stafford County School, near her home in 
Fredericksburg, then plans to move to 
greener pastures, and wonders only where 
and how to find them. 

Caroline Tuttle Murray and Rick are 
living in Greensboro. N.C.. where Caroline 
is a Business Services Supervisor for South- 
ern Bell, and Rick is an attorney. Cathy 
Gross Hendren and Tom are in Chapel 
Hill. Tom is doing therapy with families in 
a UNC Research Study, and Cathy is free- 
lancing in media utilization and design. 
Cathy reports that Trent Stevenson has 
finished her tour as chef-ess on a south- 
bound yacht and is back in Nantucket, 
where Jenny Jenkins is living, too. 

Ann Websier Danford, with a masters 
in Interior Design under her belt, spent a 
few years working for an interior decorating 
firm in Tallahassee, then taught interior de- 
sign at F.S.U. for a year, before moving to 
Atlanta so that Jim could work at Merrill 
Lynch as a commodities broker. Ann is 
lounging for a year (they will be in NYC for 
a training period) then plans to look for a 
job in Atlanta. In the meantime, she and 
Pooh the Retreiver and Jim are thoroughly 
enjoying Atlanta. Kathy Wilson Lamb and 
Rex have relocated to Atlanta, too. Rex is 
working for an Atlanta law firm, while 
Kathy is helping to organize day care areas 
in West Virginia from Atlanta headquarters. 
Jan Dickel is working on an MA in Athens, 

Trudy Slade is a counselor education 
student working on her Specialist in Edu- 
cation degree through the University of 
Florida College of Education, and doing her 
practicum at the U. of Fla. Counselling 
Center in an "assertiveness training" pro- 
gram for women. Trudy hopes to go into 
counselling at the college level when she re- 
ceives her degree next March. Dre Bateman 
has her J.D. and has taken the Fla. Bar 
Exam. She hopes to work for the U.S. Gov. 
or the State of Fla. Her certificate of merit 
for civil clinic should make job hunting 
easier. Kristi Bettendorf is a legal secre- 
tary by day and a law student at the U. of 
Miami by night and very happily single in 
Coconut Grove. Fla. 

In Troy. Ohio. Becky Boiiomley Meeker 
and David are happily setting up their new 
house in the country while David works in 
the legal dept. of a company in southern 
Ohio. Louise Archer Slater and John are 
back in Memphis where John practices law, 
sprucing up their new house. Caroline Gibbs 
is in her 4th year at Vanderbilt Med. School, 
hopefully encouraged by her intense 3rd 
year studies in psychiatry rotation. Anne 
Wiglesworth left Charleston after two years 
and is living in Cynthiana. Ky.. and working 
in a Louisville nursery — "the garden kind." 
She is hoping to buy a house in the country 
and set up her darkroom so that she can 
use all the fancy new equipment she bought 
on her whirlwind summer trip to D.C. and 
NYC. Rusti Cady Scott, with her U. of 
Missouri masters in Theatre Arts, is teach- 
ing drama to grade schoolers and designing 
needlepoint, while Hugh sells diesel engines. 
They live in Clayton, Mo. 

Alisa Yust Rowe and Richard are living 
in Houston. Lisa has decided to put work 
aside for a while and dedicate herself to 
being a full-time housewife. She reports that 
Claudia George Tarver lives close-by "and is 
doing just great." Brooke Thomas is a 
Paralegal or Legal Assistant in the Munici- 
pal Bond Dept. of a Houston law firm, and 
sounds excited about her field and its 
potential. Cindie Cook is in Mesa. Arizona, 
teaching third grade and enjoying the com- 
pany of close friends, and ecstatic about life 
in general. Jacque Penny is in grad school 
in theatre at Colo. U. in Boulder. Colo., en- 
joying the countryside and doing very well 
in her courses. Her view from her idyllic 
geodesic dome in the mountains is that life 
is great, and that after her M.A. she may 
just continue on for the final piece of paper. 

Out in San Franciso. Jeannette Bush and 
Libby Tyree are having a wonderful time 
exploring their beautiful city. Jeannette 
works in the public relations dept. of the 
U. of the Pacific. School of Dentistry, while 
Libby is assumedly back giving middle 
grades information and wisdom, following a 
summer in Chicago. Susan O'Malley has 
been in San Fran for the past two years, 
working as a physical therapist at one of the 
local hospitals. She is in love with BtJth 
job and city, and hopes to stay in San Fran 

Comer Schmoeller Morey is moving ahead 
in business while Stephen works on his 
Ph.D. in Classics at the U. of Wash., and 
enjoying the change of scene in Seattle. 
Leigh Edens. with her Colo. M.A. in hand, 
spent the winter waitressing in Steamboat 
Springs. Colo. She and Ph.D. -bound Wren 
are in Seattle, where Leigh is teaching and 
planning in-depth mountaineering experi- 

Anne Howe Nelson and John are enjoying 
Air Force life in Grand Forks, North Dakota, 
and living in awe of the climatic and cul- 
tural differences of that region. Anne has 
her B.A. and an M.A. in English from 
LSU. where she met John. John's M.A. in 
Social Welfare has put him in good stead 
for his job as Base Social Worker. Anne is 
head of the Base's Welcome Committee, 
and encourages SBC's to come and be wel- 
comed during the Nelson's ne.xt year there. 
Terry Lioy Faulkner and Clarke have been 
busy with their new house since February, 
and playing with one-year-old Elizabeth. 
Terry also tutors children with learning 
disabilities and still manages a few games 
of bridge weekly. 

Dayton Lawsoii Miller wrote to say that 
she. Miller and one-year-old Todd have been 
in Hawaii for the past year. Miller is an 
F--4 RIO with the Marine Corps., and Dayton 
is a busy mother who is also finding time 
to enjoy Hawaiian life. Ann Shipper Oates 
is in her second year in Ismir. Turkey, where 
T. K. is in the medical corps for the Air 
Force. And Ash and I are here in Bucharest, 
where Ash is Deputy Director of the Ameri- 
can Library, and I am temporarily a lady 
of leisure. My time lately has been devoted 
to giving two dinner parties a week, and 
trying to plan a more stimulating future! 

We should be here through Feb. '75 at 
least, so please do stop by if you're in the 
area; we would love to see you! [^ 

Uses of a Grant I 

The Mary Reynolds Babcock Grant: Phase I 

he next fifteen pages will describe some of the many 
ways in which grants — large or small, from private 
foundations, individuals or government — are like 
seeds planted in fertile ground. 

Grants usually come in response to college proposals. 
They usually finance special programs, and are "extra" 
in the sense that they are not part of the normal bud- 
get. They are invaluable in that they enable the College 
to add a touch of excellence, a dash of variety, to bring 
increased vitality to the liberal arts concept. 

The first use this year of a Babcock Foundation grant 
in support of Sweet Briar's American Studies Program 
was an arts symposium. For an entire week, the Sweet 
Briar community was treated to outstanding examples 
of contemporary art in its several forms: drama, music, 
dance, poetry and — for the eye — a collection of 

The delights of that week cannot be adequately des- 
cribed, but on these pages we share with you a. pastiche 
of program notes and pictures to give you a general 

The guiding hand that put Arts in America together 
was that of John R. Shannon, Professor of Music. He 
was assisted by a Faculty Committee (Thomas King, 
Loren Oliver and John McLenon) and a Student Com- 
mittee on Publicity (Nancy Crumpler, Betsy B^nks, 
Nancy Blackwell and Jane Piper, all '74, and Alicia 
Ayotte and Jane Piper, '75). 

And don't forget — it was all done with part of only 
one grant. Q 




Soprano Mariljn Bo>d DeReggi came from Charlottesville for her 
Tuesday evening recital of contemporary American music (Babbitt, 
Ives and Copland were represented.)- She teaches voice at the Uni- 

On Tuesday night an appreciative audience heard a reading of some 
of his poems bv Harvard poet Peter Klappert- His volume, Lugging 
Vegetables to Nantucket, won the 1970 Yale Series of Younger Poets 

The dance team of Nora Guthrie and Ted Rotante gave a Friday 
evening performance of grace, beauty and sly comedy. Ms. Guthrie 
is the daughter of the late Woody Guthrie and sister of Arlo. 


Uses of a Grant II 

The Mary Reynolds Babcock Grant: Phase II. 
"The Changing South," A Symposium, October, 1974. 

The Southern Renascence 


Well, Mother," Mary Jones Mallard wrote in 1861, 
how does it feel to be living in a foreign land?" Mrs. 
Mallard wrote from her home in Walthourville in 
Georgia, a family plantation near the coast of Georgia. 
The foreign land both women found themselves living 
in was the South, and the country was changing. 

The Confederacy was taking political, geographical 
and social form. Southern Americans were faced with 
a number of besetting problems, not the least of which 
was the recognition that they were Southerners, Vir- 
ginians or North Carolinians most certainly, Americans 
perhaps, but above all. Southerners. Southerners took 
their stand with more uncertainty that we realize to- 
day, and they came closer to winning The War than 
they realized then. Southerners lost, and Mrs. Mallard's 
foreign country passed from the present into history, 
from history into memory, hence from stasis into con- 
stant and often impatient change. 

In order to mark the current state of the South, 
The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation is sponsoring 
a symposium on The Changing South in October, 1974, 
at Sweet Briar. Under a joint committee of the faculty 
and administration of Sweet Briar College, speakers 
on nearly every aspect of Southern life will come to 
the old Williams plantation in Amherst to consider 
the markings of Southern culture in the life of the na- 
tion. But as Mrs. Mallard's question should affirm, 
the idea of a changing South is an old one indeed, 
particularly in the area of literature. 

Literature above all. Southern history (or myth, given 
Galvin Davenport's argument). Southern economics. 
Southern sociology, or even what W. J. Cash in an 
arrogant and brilliant book called "the mind of the 
South," represent facts, facts about a South which of- 
ficially died at Appomattox on April 9, 1865. Litera- 
ture is the South which rose from the dead, the South 
whose body or precise form has never been identified 
because it's never been found, because it's still alive. 

Without overstating the proposition, Southern litera- 
ture is the South which counts. Southern poets and 
writers constantly renew the old dead South of history, 
economics, sociology with life, re-birth, or, more famil- 
iarlv, the Southern Renascence. 

Lawrence Noreiga, shown above chatting with students on Babcock 
steps, is becoming a regular contributer to the Alumnae Magazine 
(See "Down East under an Explorer's Sail" in the Summer 1974 
issue.). In addition to being a popular teacher in the Department 
of English, Dr. Noreiga is a key volunteer in the Amherst Rescue 


he notion of a Southern Renascence in literature 
must be at least as old as the hills of West Virginia. 
The stench of dead Confederates in shallow graves in 
the nostrils of living ones had barely been laid to rest 
by the autumn frosts when John Esten Cooke, Vir- 
ginian, late of the Confederate States Army began re- 
viving The War in chivalric terms. Third-rate imita- 


tions of second-rate Scott like Surry of Eagle's I\est, 
Hilt to Hilt, Mohun (or, the Last Days of Lee and His 
Palladins) sold like Sally Lunn in the northern market. 
However unpromising, the literary image of an imagi- 
nary country called the South flourished. 

The perspective was elegaic, with the point of view 
looking constantly backward with constant affection at 
a constantly pastoral, classical world. The pervasive 
tone was one of melancholy, prompted perhaps, by 
the realization that that beautiful world was really 
gone; or by the nagging doubt that it ever existed. The 
whole of early Southern literature compositions affords 
bad art, awful art, with little to indicate the power of 
its first consummations in the late 19th century. 

After all, the Southern literary heritage was second- 
hand. At its best, it was classical, taking from the 
Greeks a tragic sense which still pervades much modern 
Southern writing. The Roman contribution to Southern 
letters was even richer: a highly conscious awareness 
of rhetorical advantage, close attention to style and 
the uses of language, but just as important was the 
reverence for the past and one's forebears (pietas, Louis 
Rubin called it) in Roman poetry which found its way 
into Southern literary imaginations. At its worst, it 
simply appropriated sentimental romances producing a 
South gaudier than the tinniest imaginings of Tom 
Sawyer. Anyone with enough patience and stomach 
to read for very long Cooke (or Faulkner's White Rose 
of Memphis) discovers a tragic sense of life reduced 
to melodrama, a vapid style with words dull beyond 
words and a schlockly nostalgia. It is elegaic, sure 
enough, but for a world which never in this one existed, 
an imagination so intent on "ringing gay bugles" that 
it forgets or ignores that the bugles were blowing taps. 

Finally, the best of Southern literature compels the 
reader inward to a reality unrelated to that of the his- 
torian, the sociologist, the economist. It is an inner 
reality, less concerned with what or even when as with 
how and why. Most of all, why. 

James Seav of Panola Count>, Miss., and currenti}' assistant Pro- 
fessor of English at Vanderbilt Univ., comes to Sweet Briar's October 
Sjimposium on "The Changing South." Mr. Seay's awards include 
the Southern Literary Festival prize; the Academy of American 
Poets Poetry Prize, Univ. of Virginia; the Emily Balch Clark Prize. 

His writings are included in Five Poets. Univ. of Virginia Press; 
Let Not Your Hart (poems), Wesleyan Univ. Press, as well as in 
several magazines: Southern Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, 
New Orleans Review, Nation, Kansas Quarterly, and Hollins Critic. 

The thirty-five year old Mr. Seay has read poetry at various col- 
leges and universities and in 1970 served on the poetry staff, Hollins 
College Conference on Creative Writing and Cinema. He has taught 
at VMI, Univ. of Alabama, and the Univ. of Virginia. 

Ouch a superficial sketch of the backgrounds of the 
Southern Renascence omits a great deal, but the gen- 
eral outlines are clear and obvious. First, a concern 
for the past which is vaguely classical and formally 
doomed. Second, a growing tendency to exploit the 
uses of language. Third, the precursors of the Southern 
Renascence established a pattern of introspection. Last, 
a feeling of being different, or, in Mrs. Mallard's terms, 
of being foreign. 

But finally the landscape begins to change. In the 
1930's Southern writers united and became strident 
and vocal in their assertion of uniqueness and identity. 
And of the original Twelve who collaborated on I'll 
Take My Stand, John Crowe Ransom, Donald David- 
son, Allen Tate and Robert Penn Warren went beyond 

the Fugitives and the Agrarian Movement to separate 
lives as teachers and critics, as poets and novelists. 
They opened the frontier of the literary South. The 
twelve rescued that South from becoming myth on the 
one hand, soap opera on the other, and drew first 
attention to the phenomenon now regarded as the 
Southern Renascence. 

What a renascence it was! Thomas Wolfe, William 
Faulkner, Ellen Glasgow, Flannery O'Connor, Robert 
Penn Warren, Shirley Ann Grau, Eudora Welty, to 
offer a wholly subjective list; and in the back of the 
bus, Langston Hughes, Jean Toomer, Richard Wright. 
These 20th century Southern writers obscure rather 
than relieve the earlier writers such as George Wash- 
ington Cable and Thomas Nelson Page. 


A Virginian bj birth and inclination, Dabney Stuart comes to 
Sweet Briar {rem the Lexington campus of Washington and Lee 
University where he is a member of the Department of English. 

A poet by trade, he has been awarded several prizes for his works, 
including the prestigious Dylan Thomas Award of the Poetry Society 
of America for "The Two Lindens." 

He has contributed poetry to New Yorker, Antioch Review, 
Southern Poetry Review, Epoch and other journals, and has pub- 
lished a collection, "The Diving Bell." 

Mr. Stuart is currently at work on two more volumes of verse, 
"Fair" and "Voices of Loss." 

Now writing a novel, a play, and a long poem, Robert Watson 
is at Sweet Briar participating in the October Symposium, "The 
Changing South." 

Professor of English, Univ. North Carolina at Greensboro, Mr. 
Watson has published three books: A Paper Horse (poems), Athe- 
neum; Advantages of Dark (poems), Atheneum; and Three Sides 
of the Mirror (novel), Putnam. 

In 1959 he was awarded the Poetry Prize, American Scholar. 
Robert Watson is a contributor to professional journals, anthologies, 
and poetry magazines. 


he familiar patterns and themes are there: loss, 
fatality, an ambivalent affection for the past and a 
fretful picking away at scabs on the soul to find out 
why it won't heal. There is a sense of community and 
tradition, of being more than one's mere self, but the 
sum of many. 

Above all, the Southern Renascence compels the 
Southern artist to name and to make concrete things 
for which no name can be found. Like Faulkner's al- 
lusive speaker in The Bear, the Southern writer has 
"to talk about something." So there is talk about 
Altamont, Pulpit Hill, Franchman's Bend, "Virginia," 
"Mississippi," "Georgia" — words and worlds inter- 
mingle with apparent ease. She speaks familiarly of 
barren ground, wise blood, delta weddings, black boys 
in homely, often Biblical terms and cadences which 
become in turn equations for endurance, tragedy, love. 
They write out of mixed sense of awe and disgust at 
the experiences they call their lives and the words they 
learned to set themselves free at last. Southern writers, 
all, partakers of a renascence in which a name for 
Hegel's Concrete Universal was whittled on a scrap of 
board and nailed to a Georgia pine. 


he Southern Renascence has not played itself out. 
James Seay, Peter Taylor, Eleanor Taylor, William 
Styron, Reynolds Price, Sylvia Wilkinson — there is no 
shortage — continue the remarkable phenomenon. Off- 
spring of a traditional and conservative society, these 
writers continue to alter radically the durable form of 
American literary art. 

This new generation of Southern writers may seem 
remote from what may be (rightly or wrongly) called 
the great generation of Southern writers. For while 
the patterns, themes, language and sense of place may 
persist in these younger writers, the view seems to have 
moved away from a distinctly Southern landscape 
further abroad in virtual space and time. The writer 
extends his range from a slave rebellion in Virginia 
to a reserve lieutenant's getting his ass busted by a 
system he's outgrown. However far the Southern writer 
may move from the South itself in his compositions, 
his imaginative source, consciously or unconsciously, 
remains constant. 

In other words, the Changing South, particularly in 
the case of literature, remains a lively, if elusive, ques- 
tion. D 


Uses of a Grant III 

The Mary Reynolds Babcock Granf: Phase III. 

American Studies, Winter Term and Dr, Susman 



he Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation has made 
a grant of $25,000 to Sweet Briar's interdepartmental 
program popularly known as the American Studies 
major. The grant will be used to revise the American 
Studies program in the light of basic trends in scholar- 

American Studies, taking the form of interdepart- 
mental majors in American history and literature, were 
established in many American colleges and universities 
after World War II. The program was an attempt to 
view American culture as a whole rather than from 
the perspective of the traditional disciplines. 

Most of the younger leaders in the American Studies 
movement today, however, believe that the history and 
literature approach is no longer viable. Scholars are 
turning to a more strictly American Studies approach 
which attempts to understand American civilization 
as a whole not only through history and literature but 
also through other disciplines such as art and sociology. 

The field today is shared by scholars who tend to 
agree only that American civilization should be stu- 
died as a whole by approaching it in a more controlled 
way — by using all relevant disciplines — than was done 
in the past. 

In spite of the move in the field away from a primary 
reliance upon an American history and literature ori- 
entation, most academic programs for undergraduates 
are still based in the history and literature approach. 
Each year such a curriculum for American Studies 
majors becomes less defensible. For this reason we de- 
signed a grant proposal which would begin the process 
of moving Sweet Briar's American history and literature 


program in the direction of the newer and more multi- 
disciplinary and theoretical approaches. 

A basic provision of the proposal was to allot money 
to purchase books in broad cultural areas as American 
religion, art and anthropology as well as history and 
literature. Another provision was to provide money to 
allow Sweet Briar professors to engage in summer re- 
training or independent study so that they could be- 
come familiar with disciplines in the field other than 
their own. A third provision was to provide funds for 
holding symposia, bringing members of the Sweet Briar 
faculty from different disciplines and outside specialists 
and speakers together to consider new interdisciplinary 
approaches to teaching and research. 

Still another provision of the grant proposal was 
designed to allow Sweet Briar faculty to travel to na- 
tional scholarly conferences in the broad area of Ameri- 
can Studies. Funds were also proposed to invite an out- 
standing American Studies scholar to teach a model 
course during the 1975 Winter Term. 

Professor Susman to Come for Winter Term 


he Babcock Foundation granted Sweet Briar the 
$25,000 proposal in the early summer of 1974, as we 
earlier mentioned. 

Professor Warren I. Susman of Rutgers University 
has accepted an invitation to teach a course in twen- 

Dr. Warren I. Susman of Rutgers University will be a Winter 
Term visitor to the Sweet Briar campus. 

tieth century American culture during the 1975 Winter 
Term. Many scholars consider Professor Susman the 
ablest scholar in the American Studies Field. He has 
accomplished the difficult task of mastering a number 
of disciplines such as history, literature, the fine arts, 
anthropology and aspects of the burgeoning areas of 
the popular arts, such as the film. The example of his 
writing which is best fitted for the lay reader is his 
"Culture and Commitment: 1929-1945" (1973). 

Dr. Susman is an outstanding lecturer and teacher. 
The largest lecture room at Rutgers is not large enough 
to hold all the students who would like to hear him. 

When members of the Babcock Grant Committee 
heard that Professor Susman had consented to be the 
Mary Reynolds Babcock Visiting Professor in Ameri- 
can Studies, they expressed a desire to arrange a course 
so that his name would quickly become well-known 
on campus. 

The resulting format is novel. Students will attend 
Susman's lectures and discussions and study the ma- 
terials he assigns. They will so also sign up for one of 
the eight adjunct courses which will be taught by Sweet 

Briar faculty members, each course of which will have 
a theme and readings separate from but related to Mr. 
Susman's main course. Faculty will attend Mr. Sus- 
man's lectures along with the students so that they can 
coordinate their courses with his. 

We believe this course format has several advantages. 
The presence of Sweet Briar faculty as staff members 
will attract students who have not heard of Professor 
Susman. Tlie adjunct courses, moreover, will allow 
students under faculty guidance to apply Dr. Susman's 
techniques in some depth to an aspect of American 
culture which especially interests them. And finally, 
participating Sweet Briar faculty who normally teach 
courses with an American content from the viewpoint 
of their own separate disciplines will come to know 
one of the foremost practitioners in the American Stu- 
dies Field. 

It is not possible at this time to predict exactly what 
the nature of the new program will be. This will de- 
pend upon continuing scholarly developments on the 
national scene and the interests of the Sweet Briar fa- 
culty and students. □ 


Uses of a Grant IV 

Public Funds from the National 
Endownrtent for the Humanities 

Our New Program in European Studies 


Tor some time we have realized at Sweet Briar that 
the liberal arts program in the Humanities is in need 
of revision. Increasing numbers of liberal arts grad- 
uates have reported that their education disappointed 
them. While a liberal education ought to bring about 
an easy familiarity with the classics, with the arts, with 
the sum of ideas and the products of those ideas ac- 
crued by man since the beginning of civilization, many 
of our students, once graduated, have become all too 
aware of the gaps in their supposed liberal education, 
gaps which they have found almost impossible to fill 
in, to learn on their own. 

The reason is, perhaps, that education has increas- 
ingly come to consist of diversity without foundation 
or, on the other hand, overspecialization. 

For years our educational universe was truly that, 
an enclosed system in which all students were exposed 
to the spectrum of academic disciplines. But this sys- 
tem became more and more unworkable. Students be- 
came more aware of their own interests, were better 
prepared at the secondary level and more cognizant 
of academic opportunities. Colleges gradually aban- 
doned the traditional required courses in favor of 
freedom of choice. 

For some students this revision proved advantageous. 
For others, free choice proved disastrous. A prominent 
scholar has described college as a place where one 
learns how to learn, a description only made obvious 
by the realization that learning is a lifelong process. 
Yet freedom of choice inadvertently denied to some 
students the opportunity to acquire certain crucial 
tools of learning. 

It was because of this developing disappointment 
with the present liberal arts system that we decided 
at Sweet Briar to revise the curriculum. 


We applied for a grant to the National Endowment 
for the Humanities, believing that the time is ripe for 
a return to European studies, as President Whiteman 
stated in a letter accompanying the proposal. He 
pointed out that we planned to follow the interdis- 
ciplinary route in a manner that substitutes intellectual 
appeal for the out-dated prescriptive requirements. 

In April, 1974, we received a grant of $30,000, which 
is being applied to revise the program in European 
Civilization. Our plans are to enhance our students' 
chances for a liberal education, yet we have no desire 
to restrict student freedom of choice unduly. The pro- 
gram, which will be elective, will make use of what- 
ever educational innovations are available, but they 

Working over a histor> paper with Ellen Harrison '75 here, Dr. 
Robert Gilpin is the Director of the NEH-grant-supported project 
in European Civilization. 

Dr. Michael D. Richards, shown 
right with wife Ann Hale Richards 
in their Netherlands apartment 
during his sabbatical year at the 
University of Leiden, is one of sev- 
eral Sweet Briar faculty members 
whose scholarship will be sup- 
ported by this NEH grant. 

Photo by Nancy Blackwell '74 

will be used as tools only to add to rather than to re- 
place the traditional approaches. The program will 
supplement rather than replace the traditional major, 
which offers the cornerstone for the building of a liberal 


he Endowment's grant has enabled us to free cer- 
tain faculty members from normal duties to work on 
the development of the program. The grant also per- 
mits us to allow other faculty members to further their 
studies in fields vital to the success of the program. A 
portion of the funds has been set aside to carry on the 
costs of evaluation. 

We have begun to query our colleagues at institutions 
where programs similar to our own already exist. We 
have begun to talk among ourselves about ways of 
reaching our students, of keeping their interest and 
heightening it, of leaving them motivated yet unful- 
filled so that they will continue to pursue their edu- 
cation on their own. 

We have also begun the program. It consists of a 
two-semester course in which members of the depart- 
ments of Art, English, Greek and Latin, History, 
Modern Languages, Music, Philosophy and Religion 
all participate. The focus of the course is, as we have 
mentioned, European Civilization. In attempting to 
avoid problems of the old required courses, we have 
focused the first semester of this course on the Ren- 
aissance. In the second semester we turn to the Con- 
temporary Age, a blend of ideas, events and person- 
alities that produced the world as we know it. 

The other part of the program consists of several 

interdisciplinary colloquia, semester courses in which 
seniors in the program will meet weekly with instructors 
who represent at least two disciplines to discuss a 
specific theme or crucial stage in Europe's develop- 
ment. In these sessions, which might deal with the idea 
of European unity, for instance, or with feudal culture 
or with the Enlightenment, faculty and students alike 
will work with unfamiliar concepts using the knowledge 
and methods they have gained in their respective dis- 
ciplines or in their individual majors. 

To allow sufficient planning time, students will not 
be eligible for these colloquia until 1976. 

During the summer of 1974, two faculty members 
(Michael D. Richards of our History dept. and myself) 
were funded for summer study programs. Not only 
should their training enrich both our introductory and 
advanced courses, but also it will contribute to the 
planned creation of self-instructional programs in art 
and music that will supplement the introductory pro- 
grams. By the summer of 1975 several other faculty 
members will have been given the chance for study 
and for preparation of program-related materials. 

It is our hope that this program, enlarging as it does 
on the traditional and vital major, will offer our stu- 
dents the opportunity to fill in some of the gaps which 
today are found in so many educational programs. The 
funds provided us by the grant from the National En- 
dowment for the Humanities will allow us to plan and 
estimate further costs and more important, to seek 
out ways to make the program self-sustaining. 

If thinking, if planning can produce a successful 
and lasting program that will enrich the learning ex- 
perience of our students, we feel that the money is well 
spent. □ 


Uses oi a Grant V 

International Environmental Studies 


Dr. Milan Hapaia, as Director of the grant-supported International Environ- 
mental Studies Project, will lead the Faculty-Student Workshop this Fall, head 
the new, team-taught course during the Spring Term and conduct overseas case- 
work investigations. 

Last summer Sweet Briar College received a grant 
from the Institute of International Studies of the U. S. 
Office of Education to develop a program of interna- 
tional environmental studies. Sweet Briar was one of 
the eleven colleges and universities in the U. S. receiv- 
ing new funds for programs for the development of 
the international dimensions of general education at 
the undergraduate level. The goal of international en- 
vironmental studies at Sweet Briar is to educate stu- 

dents about the nature of environmental problems on 
a global scale and to increase their sensitivity for the 
interdependence of environmental issues and the re- 
sulting need for international cooperation and inter- 
national control of the environment. We selected this 
goal because we believe that the major problem facing 
today's world is the protection and improvement of 
man's environment and that Sweet Briar can contri- 
bute to the solution of the problem by helping students 

Dr. Jane C. Belcher serves 
as assistant to Dr. Hapala in 
the Project and as a genera] 
resource person in the Faculty- 
Student Workshop. In the 
photo to the right, she is ad- 
ministering a laboratory practi- 
cal on the shark's jaw to a 
Biology student. 

The OE grant weds two existing Sweet Briar programs, Inter- 
national Affairs and Environmental Studies. As Coordinator of the 
latter. Dr. Langley Wood's job is to see to the smooth integration of 
the international component. He is shown below with a friend. (Photo 
by Beverley Crispin '75) 

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to become literate in global environmental issues. 

Dr. Milan E. Hapala, Carter Glass Professor of Gov- 
ernment, will serve as project director for this inter- 
disciplinary program. Assistant project director is Dr. 
Jane C. Belcher, Dorys McConnell Duberg Professor 
of Ecology, and Project Coordinator with the program 
of environmental studies is Dr. Langley Wood. 

If our nation is to survive and our world is to pros- 
per, we must strike a balance between a productive 
economy and all facets of our physical, biological and 
cultural environment. The establishment and mainten- 
ance of this balance will require wise decisions from 
all governments, and this presupposes a public capable 
of sound, educated judgments. 

Hence there will continue to be an increasing need 
for citizens — ^whether in government, private business 
or simply private life — who are not only sensitive to a 
threatened environment but who also understand the 
interrelationship of its many facets, such as the avail- 
ability and use of energy; the growth and distribution 
of human populations; the economic costs of both en- 
vironmental degradation and protection; and the effec- 
tiveness and limitations of statutory law. 

Our program will build on the existing major in In- 
ternational Affairs, a strong program in language train- 
ing, and a Coordinate Major in Environmental Studies. 
The anticipated tangible benefit from this program will 
be the increased awareness on the part of our student 
population of global environmental issues. These in- 

Dr. Reuben Miller of Econo- 
mics (left) and Dr. Kenneth 
Grimm of Government (be- 
low) are both making substan- 
tial contributions to the Fall 
Workshop and the Spring 
Term course, Environmental 
issues — An International Per- 

In addition, Dr. Grimm will 
be grant-supported in contin- 
uing his preparation of the 
new, advanced course. Inter- 
national Control of the En- 

ternational concerns include the need for cooperation 
between developed and less developed nations, and the 
need to strengthen supra-national institutions con- 
cerned with global environmental problems. 

In the first year the program will focus on a faculty- 
student seminar to be held in the fall semester. The 
seminar will help faculty from a variety of disciplines 
to exchange information and views on the global en- 
vironmental issues to be examined in a new course 
tentatively entitled Environmental Issues — An Inter- 
national Perspective to be offered in the spring semes- 
ter. Students participating in the seminar will prepare 
case studies of specific environmental issues found on 
a local level in contrasting cultures and in different 
political, social and economic settings. The case studies 
will permit a comparative analysis of the emergence of 
environmental issues, public attitudes and opinions, 
conflicts of interest, policy alternatives, and institu- 
tional frameworks for action and implementation of 


he new course will give students basic information 
concerning global environmental issues and alternative 
strategies for dealing with these problems. Six inter- 
related issues will be studied: environment and econo- 
mic development, population growth, food, resources 
and energy, alternative strategies for meeting environ- 
mental problems in different political and economic 


' A newcomer to the Sweet 
'Briai faculty, Dr. George 
IConklin is a sociologist whose 
major role in both the Worli- 
ishop and the Spring Term 
(course will be to examine pop- 
ulation growth problems at the 
international level. He is talk- 
ing here with one of the half- 
I dozen student participants in 
the Workshop, Beverley Crisp- 
in '75. 

systems, and international organizations and environ- 
mental control through international law. 

In the second year, a new course entitled Interna- 
tional Control of the Environment will be given by Dr. 
Kenneth Grimm, Assistant Professor of Government. 
This course will examine in some detail the activities 
and interests in meeting global environmental prob- 
lems of the United Nations and of specialized inter- 
national agencies including the World Health Organi- 
zation (disease, population expansion, pollution), the 
International Energy Agency (nuclear controls, atomic 
waste disposal, heat pollution), the Food and Agricul- 
tural Organization (food availability, population in- 
crease, pesticide pollution, fishery pollution by heavy 
metals) and the International Telecommunication 
Union (radio spectrum conservation and management. 

spectrum use in outer space.) 

The program in international environmental studies 
at Sweet Briar envisions a faculty-student seminar, 
two new courses on Global Environmental Issues and 
International Control of the Environment, and pro- 
jects in independent studies appropriate to the focus 
of international environmental issues. We believe that 
we can strengthen international understanding at Sweet 
Briar College by focusing our energies and resources 
on a program in international environmental problems. 
The fact that our planet is in danger of environmental 
deterioration is a challenge as well as an opportunity 
to help Sweet Briar students become sensitive to the 
cultural, economic and political interdependence of the 
threatened world and the potential conflict between 
the rich and poor nations. D 


Uses of o Grant VI 

A Teachers' Workshop in Environmental Issues 



hile the major purpose and function of the En- 
vironmental Studies Program is to enhance liberal 
arts offerings for Sweet Briar students, sometimes we 
broaden our horizons a bit and reach outside the cam- 

One example was the summer research project. 
Aftermath of Camille, in which 17 students from other 
institutions, but only one Sweet Briar student (Sherrie 
Snead '74) participated with Sweet Briar faculty. 

Another lies in the future. Next summer we plan to 
stage a one-week workshop for secondary school teach- 
ers. Funds have been provided through a grant from 
the Environmental Education Program of HEW's Of- 
fice of Education. 

The prime purpose of the workshop will be to give 
teachers — and thence their students — a better un- 
derstanding of environmental issues, of how they arise 
and how they are resolved in a free society. 

To this end. we have chosen a real, live issue as a 
case study. Several years ago the Appalachian Power 
Company proposed a 7.65-kilovolt transmission line 
to run in an easterly direction from near Roanoke 
through the Lynchburg area. Almost instantly after 
the proposed construction route was announced, citi- 
zens' protest groups sprang into existence and into 

Their outcry — to the possible surprise and certain 
chagrin of APCO officials — produced a controversy 
that contained such abundant energy that it still siz- 
zles on. even though the State Corporation Commission 
has long since given APCO permission to proceed. 
Unless some miraculous intervention occurs, construc- 
tion will inevitably begin and the protesters will have 
to take their lumps. 

But passions still run high, and it will be our duty 
and our strategy to invite leaders from both sides of the 
controversy to relive the strife — peaceably, we hope — 
for the benefit of our teacher-participants. Step by 
step, we intend 'to lay before them the birth and blos- 
soming of the powerline dispute, all the way through 
to its settlement by the Commonwealth, Throughout, 
we intend to have the real actors on hand to present 
their own cases. 

Lest the teachers perceive this confrontation as no- 
thing more than just a whopping good fight, they will 
have spent the preceding three days in intensive mini- 


courses in energetics (Dr. George Lenz), economics 
(Dr. Reuben Miller), and politics (Dr. Milan Hapala). 

Armed with the combined wisdom of these three 
gentlemen, and after the opposing sides in the dispute 
have had their say and the lines have been drawn, the 
teacher-participants will withdraw to workshop sessions 
in which they will try to produce new, alternative solu- 
tions to the problem. 

In this, they may well fail. But from the attempt 
they will, like Mark Twain's character who tried to 
carry a live tomcat home by its tail, obtain a "heap 
of information." 

My task during the workshop week will be to moder- 
ate the discussions and to perform the numerous house- 
keeping chores required in such an undertaking. After- 
ward, during the school year, we will try to assess the 
impact of the workshop upon the teachers and their 
home school curricula, by means of questionnaires and 
actual school visits. After all, the U.S. Office of Edu- 
cation will have a natural interest not only in how we 
spend the taxpayers' money but also in whether it did 
any good. 

Which may be a good point at which to say a few 
words about the whole process of seeking, getting and 
using grants, the real subject of this series of articles. 

Grantsmanship — as the process is called by the 
facetious — goes through several phases. First, some- 
body must have a good idea, one which will benefit the 
College and its students and will also have a prayer 
of attracting outside money. An important point in- 
deed, because there are many ideas, good ideas, which 
for a number of reasons have zero salability. 

Second, College people — professors, administra- 
tors and some sounding-board students — must be 
convinced not only of the idea's inner merit and work- 
ability but also that it will not cost the College money. 
Please don't be surprised — grants are great but they 
almost always cost something to administer. And the 
long range costs can be even more serious if, after a 
program is started and its grant support has expired, 
the program remains in the curriculum without attract- 
ing the additional students whose tuition payments 
would give the program the continued support it needs. 

Next, a comprehensive proposal must be prepared. 
The essentials are simple. The proposal must state 
what you want to do. describe the benefits that will 

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The 765-kv (ransmission line must be 
kept at Icasl 40 feet away from all ob- 
jects, whether stationary or nioving. Such 
clearance requires these monster towers 
whose height ranges from 75 to 120 feel 
and which stand astride a 200-foot right- 
of-way. APCO has already constructed 
and energi/ed 1000 miles of this line, 
which will be the transmission l)ackbone 
of APCO's system. Tlic eastern terminus 
near Lynchburg will eventually connect 
with the VEPCO system. 

accrue to the ColU 
and the world if 
cost. Proposal-wri^ 
proposals take a 
down the Colleg^ 
ment. / 

A proposal is s^ 
for the College/ tl 
money is reallV oj 
Because once mej 
ing back: The [ 
grantsmen of/ yc 


omm*iwealth, the ijation 
it, anf^^ll how much i\will 
^ot A popular activity. Good 
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to show for its inves^ 





tO' bf "successful" if it fetches 
' fundy sought. Yet receipt of the 
kthe/beginning of the real work. 
ro^5^ is funded, there is no turn- 
must be made a reality. As 
fve discovered to their chagrin. 

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burden of 
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■rightening gap between proposing and doing. 
achers' Workshop, we are now at this point: 
1 brought in the money and we must now 
rising and advance work so that when those 
convene here next July, their experience 
will be enriching for them, be a credit 
^and its Environmental Studies Program 
1, that it will accomplish the goals of 
ffice of Education approved and for 
was granted. In this we carry a dual 
spoBiibility to you, as alumnae and as tax- 


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Ingles' Gift Brightens the Old Cabin 


.artha Ingles Salisbury Schrader, Class of 1941, 
was described in her Senior year book as "petite, 
dainty, talented, has lovely fair hair, blue eyes, talks 
about poetry. West Point, the Army." She was an En- 
glish major. Editor of the Brambler, on the Altar Com- 
mittee, the Advisory Council and other clubs. She 
married Captain John Robert Schrader, West Point 
Class of 1939, in San Antonio, Texas, on July 22, 1942. 
They had three children: John Robert, III, now a grad- 
uate student at Michigan State University, Stephen 
Osborn, working in Denver. Colorado, and Catharine 
Salisbury, a Senior at Texas Tech. For two years after 
her children were grown Martha did graduate work 
at Michigan State and had been teaching High School 
English in East Lansing, Michigan, for two years at 
the time of her death on October 2, 1972. 

Mindful of Martha's appreciation of quiet cozy 


places for meditation and withdrawal, her parents. 
General and Mrs. Harry C. Ingles, of Washington, 
D.C., have made a gift to Sweet Briar for the purpose 
of refurbishing the Slave Cabin in her memory. 

In an atmosphere where there is a rug to sit upon, 
a fire to burn, a record to listen to, and a book to read, 
the Cabin should provide a welcome oasis. Variously 
known as The Slave Cabin, the Alumnae Cabin, the 
Cabin Chapel, the little one-room clapboard building 
nestled behind a huge Boxwood on the driveway to 
Sweet Briar House has been deserted lately in spite of 
the many purposes it has served throughout the history 
of Sweet Briar. We are grateful that the Ingles have 
chosen this way to honor Martha's memory so that 
students, faculty, alumnae and friends can adapt it to 
their current needs and it can play a significant role 
in today's living. D 


1. It provides income for the rest of your life. 

2. That income increases with the increased value of 
the investment, and now is a good time to buy. 

3. You make a commitment to your alma mater re- 
gardless of what circumstances develop. It does not 
preclude others. 

4. If you live to your actuarial life expectancy, the gift 
more than pays for itself, according to present tax 
deduction authorizations. If you don't, you don't 
need it! 

5. Now is the time to invest and take full advantage 
of present charitable deduction regulations (i.e., 
Remainder interest is fully deductible up to 50% 
of the annual gross income (A.G.I.) if made in cash, 
with an additional five year carry-over and up to 
30% if gift is in marketable securities, with a five 
year carry-over.) 




Below is an example of what a gift to the Pool could 
mean to a female ranging in age from 50 to 75 with 
a gross annual income of $25,000 and a total net worth 
of $250,000. This may not fit your picture as to any 
particulars, but it gives you an idea of what it can mean 
and figures tailored to your situation will be furnished 
promptly on request. 

— ^Julia de Coligny, 
Director, Estate Planning 


ASIC FACTS: Sex: Female, Annual Gross Income (AGI): $25,000: Net Worth: $250,000 






50 $ 1.312.50 Istyr. 
38.850.00 total 

S 6,131.00 

55 $ 1.312.50 Istyr. $ 7.535.00 
33.468.70 total 

60 S 1.312.50 Istyr. 
28.481.20 total 

70 $ 1.312.50 Istvr. 
19.687.50 total 


S 9,194.00 

65 $ 1,312.50 IstvT. $11,049.00 
23,887.50 total 


$ 1,312.50 Istyr. 
15,881.20 total 


$ 2,367.00 

$ 6,900.00 

$ 2,862.00 

$ 6,900.00 

(in cash) 

$ 3,420.00 

$ 6,900.00 

(in sec.) 

$ 2,862.00 


$ 677.00 


$ 3,539.00 


(in cash) 

$ 3,994.00 

$ 6,900.00 

(in sec.) 

$ 2.862.00 


$ 1.409.00 


$ 4.261.00 


(in cash) 

$ 4.415.00 


$ 6.900.00 



$ 4,861.00 


(in sec.) 

$ 2,862.00 




$ 5,043.00 


(in cash) 

$ 4.415.00 


$ 6,900.00 


2nd yr. 

$ 5,532.00 


(in sec.) 

$ 2,862.00 





3rd yr. 

$ 5,841.00 









April 11 -April 19, 1975 














(+ 15% Tox and Service) 
Per person, double occupancy. 







Volume 45, Number 2, Winter 1974 
Editor: Catharine Fitzgerald Booker '47 
Managing Editor: Ann Morrison Reams '42 
Class Notes Editor: Carolyn Bates 

2 A Woman of Good Will 

By Julia Sadler deColigny "34 

8 Love and Laughter 
By Sandra Tesar 

13 The New Look 

14 Letters to the Editor 

15 Briar Patches 

27 Alumnae in the News 

28 Notes on Buying a Piano 

By G. Noble Gilpin 

30 Alumnae Notices 

32 1974 Alumnae Awards 

34 Thoughts from Sweet Briar House 
By Edith Davis Whiteman 

36 The Editor's Room 

38 See Anybody You Know? 

Issued four times yearly: fall, winter, spring and summer, by 
Sweet Briar College. Second class postage paid at Sweet Briar, 
Virginia 24595, and at additional mailing offices. Printed by 
J. P. Bell & Co., Inc., Lynchburg, Va. Send Form 3579 to Sweet 
Briar College. Box E, Sweet Briar, Virginia 24595. 


THE COVER: Sweet Briar's numerous clubs add zest and service 
to campus life, as described m Love and Laughter on page 8. 
This cartoon assemblage comes from the talented hand of Sandra 


A Woman of Good Will 


Sue Reid Slaughter, born September 14, 1890, in 
Duluth, Minnesota, was the only daughter of Hattie 
B. and Charles Slaughter, a surgeon. Her father was a 
native of Lynchburg, her mother of Norfolk. It was 
natural that after her father's early death the family 
came back to her maternal grandmother in Norfolk, 
which was home for the rest of their lives, though 
they are all buried with Dr. Charles Slaughter in 

In her 30th Reunion Classnotes, Sue summed up her 
life since her Sweet Briar graduation in this way: 
"When I come to write news of myself, I realize why 
so little ever appears in the Alumnae Magazine about 
our class. After 30 years, life rather flattens out and 
what happens to each of us seems too trivial to record. 
My first year out of college I taught in high school, 
then for a while I tutored privately and, in 1917, went 
to the New York School of Social Work where I got my 
diploma (equivalent to a B. S.) in 1919. Since 1928 I've 
been Director of the Family Welfare Association of 
Norfolk, going through all the ups and downs of social 
work in the past fifteen years." 

She continued as Executive Secretary of the Family 
Service Association until her retirement in 1946 and 
thereafter was tireless in her enthusiastic and diligent 
support of the three major preoccupations of her life: 
St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Norfolk, Sweet Briar 
Alumnae Association, and the care of her mother until 
her own death in 1962. Her mother celebrated her 
100th birthday on January 16, 1963, and lived until 
Sept. 22, 1964. 

Susie Slaughter, as she was listed in the 1912 
Annual, joined the Class of 1913 as a Junior and was 
Vice-President of her class both years. Her Senior 
year she was also an Associate Editor of the Briar 
Patch and a member of the Merry Jesters. She was 
known to be an outstanding scholar. Dr. Wallace 
Rollins, first chaplain at Sweet Briar, later Dean of 
the Episcopal Seminary at Alexandria, and finally hus- 
band of Sweet Briar Professor of Religion, Marion 
Benedict, remarked once that he judged Susie to have 
one of the finest minds of all the students he had ever 

had, with the exception of possibly one or two men at 
the Seminary. With only fourteen in the graduating 
class of a total student body of sixty-four, the class 
prophecy was a detailed description of each one twenty 
years later, which to the prophet, Mary Tyler, brought 
them to the brink of the grave. Sue was pictured as "a 
dear, bustling, comfortable little lady, the matron of a 
home for homeless children in Norfolk, Virginia. One 
can see that she is very efficient and just the person for 
such a position, for she mothers them all." 

Sue Reid Slaughter had already cast her shadow 
and it followed her through life. Cilia Guggenheimer 
Nusbaum of Norfolk recalls that Susie was the older 
student charged with her welfare and adjustment when 
she entered the Academy in Susie's Senior year, 1912- 
13. Later Cilia married and moved to Norfolk and 
knew Susie in her role as Director of Family Service. 
She says: "Susie was very positive in her thinking — 
but surprisingly advanced and liberal in her concepts 
of social welfare, considering her late Victorian type 
of upbringing." 

When she died in 1962 at the age of 72, she was 
editorialized in the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot for the pro- 
fessionalism she had brought to social work. It said in 
part: "Social work was still being done largely by volun- 
teers and church workers, persons moved by good will 
and charitable impulses, but with little training. Be- 
fore she went into the field. Miss Slaughter took post- 
graduate training at the New York School of Social 
Work and at Johns Hopkins University. She set a stan- 
dard of training to which other young women going 
into social work repaired. She never forgot the plight of 
the hapless and the unfortunate whose course first took 
her and her social conscience into social work." 

Her life as an alumna was characterized by the same 
sort of activities as her life as a student. Her loyalty 
and willingness to participate in the behind-the-scenes 
activity — never holding the glamorous, gavel-wielding 
spots, but always in there as a keen observer and moni- 
tor, praising if it merited her approval, calling attention 
to inadequacies, if that was her view, but always trying 
to encourage and support and always participating and 

being informed — this when she was a full-time profes- 
sional career woman in an era when that in itself was 
a rarity. Her file at Alumnae House is full of typed 
postals or short quick letters to the current Alum- 
nae Secretary concerning her duties as class secretary, 
fund agent, on the Committee for Search for a Pres- 
ident when Martha Lucas resigned, or Chairman of the 
Nominating Committee for Executive Board members. 
It was in this latter role that she became aware of the 
necessity for helping to defray traveling expenses to 
Alumnae Council members if we were to get the quality 
and diversification of leadership we needed. So she was 
the first to make this point by offering to make a $100 
contribution toward that end. 

There is a particular treasure in a little piece written 
by her in 1959 recalling a visit which she and Marion 
Peele, Miss Benedict's secretary, also from Norfolk, 
had with Miss Benedict at the Williamsburg Lodge ten 
years earlier: 

Sitting on the quiet back porch and chatting about 
old times we spoke of our first Founders ' Day. Miss 
Benedict said she had always thought of the earliest 
graduates — along with Board and Faculty — as 
Founders ' because of their faith in Sweet Briar Col- 
lege. They had no assurance that their degrees would 
be valuable but. like Abraham, they went out, not 
knowing whither they went and, by their faith and hard 
work, made a Sweet Briar degree from the first equal 
to the degree of any other college .... 

While I was touched by Miss Benedict 's appreciation 
of us, I didn 't believe that I had considered myself any 
relation to Abraham! I know we were all conscious of 
building a college and making traditions and that we 
were determined that Sweet Briar should be taken 
seriously in the world of education, but I didn Y remem- 
ber trembling lest my degree should not be worth the 
time and work that went into it — nor did I know from 
the beginning what I wanted to do in college as Miss 
Benedict assured me when I said my faith was ignor- 
ance rather than virtue! But this little talk is one of my 
treasured memories. Maybe nobody, from Elijah 
Fletcher on, thought of himself as a patriarch — we were 
just intensely interested in what we were doing and 
having a good time doing it. The faculty and especially 
Miss Benedict were far-sighted in giving us each a 
particular brick to make in building the college — the 
first one I remember was when I was appointed to turn 
on the Star of Bethlehem at our Christinas pageant in 
the Refectory. I think no Wise Man could have set his 
watch by my late timing but I was as proud as if I'd 
hung the whole galaxy of stars — that's how young and 
simple we were. 

Sue Reid Slaughter 

Sue had a serious operation in April, 1960, and after 
that spent much time traveling to Memorial Hospital 
in New York for treatment, but she remained inter- 
ested and optimistic. She was writing to Elizabeth 
Wood in September, 1961, consumed with interest in 
having Academic Building renamed for Miss Benedict, 
commenting on news of fund-raising and hoping to be 
present at her 50th reunion in 1963. The last word was 
a note to Mrs. Pannell on January 30, 1962, thanking 
her for her letter and pot of azaleas and closing: "My 
drive has entirely evaporated, and I'm depending on 
my kind nurse to send you my thanks." She died 
February 13, 1962. 

There is no record that Sue Slaughter came into 
some large inheritance late in life which put her in such 
a strong financial position. We know that she came to 
Sweet Briar on a scholarship and had a feeling of 
special gratitude and appreciation for that help. We 
also know that she was a hard worker, that frugality 
was a strong family trait, that her only brother Charles 
was a successful stock broker on Wall Street. We also 
know that she and her mother lived modestly and in- 
dulged in no frivolity. There is nothing so new about 
this combination of circumstances, but it is unique 
that this conscientious and concerned single career 
woman was able to amass an estate of over half a mil- 
lion dollars which, divided equally between her church 
and her alma mater, has had and will continue to have 
a significant impact on each. 

Her will, drafted in 1953, provided specific bequests 
to godchildren, relatives and friends in the amount of 
$145,000. Of this amount, $80,000 was placed in trust 
for the benefit of her mother as long as she lived with 
the proceeds at her death to be equally divided between 
Sweet Briar College and St. Paul's Church. Another 
trust fund. The Norfolk Foundation, was funded with 
$10,000 "for the higher education of negroes, prefer- 
ably for professional or scientific education." These 
specific provisions were followed by the following: 
ARTICLE IX: "All the rest, residue, and remainder of 
my estate, both real and personal, of every nature and 
wherever situated, shall be divided into two equal parts: 
One part I give and bequeath to St. Paul's Episcopal 
Church of Norfolk. Virginia, and its expenditure shall 
be subject to the control and direction of the Vestry 
of said church; the other part I give and bequeath 
to the Alumnae Association of Sweet Briar College, 
Virginia, and its expenditure shall be subject to the 
control and direction of the governing board of said 

A codicil was added shortly before her death on 
February 13, 1962, adding bequests to several more 
godchildren and, her brother Charles having died, a 
change of executor, but the main provisions of the 1953 
will remained unchanged. 

Settlement of the estate came in several stages. First, 
the College received $6,000 from distribution of income. 
Two years after her death, the Alumnae Association 
received $126,173 in transmission of stock and $43,363 
in cash to the Alumnae Association. The final shares 
were not to be transmitted until after the death of her 
mother, Hattie G. Slaughter, in her 101st year on 
September 22, 1964. With the dissolution of the trust 
set up for her mother's benefit and the sale of the 
family home on Mowbray Arch, approximately $50,000 
was added and the total final amount of the corpus of 
the Sue Slaughter Endowment Fund as of July 1, 1965, 
was $239.322.40 — ^the largest single gift ever made to 
the College by an alumna up to that point. Her estate 
planning merits attention. The non-charitable bequests 
she made were within the tax-free limit; the trust she 
set up for her mother had St. Paul's and Sweet Briar 
as charitable remaindermen; the Norfolk Foundation 
had educational and charitable purposes, and all the 
residue provided charitable deductions — so no Federal 
Estate Tax and practically no state inheritance taxes 
were paid. This is a tribute not only to her charitable 
motives but also to the wisdom of her advisers. 

snack bar on the ground floor of Reid, conversion of 
the Date House into a day nursery were some of the 
ideas, and many of them have since come into being 
by one means or another. But at length a letter was 
sent to Mrs. Pannell on June 1. 1964. from Juliet 
Halliburton Burnett. President of the Sweet Briar 
Alumnae Association, which revealed their decision. 
It read: "My last official act as President of the Sweet 
Briar Alumnae Association furnishes me the greatest 
joy of my term of office. The Executive Board of the 
Alumnae Association has passed the following resolu- 
tion: Be it resolved that we give the property presently 
in the Sue Slaughter Fund to Sweet Briar College to be 
known as The Sue Reid Slaughter Endowment Fund, 
with the provision that the income be used for procur- 
ing distinguished visiting professors if available; if not 
available, the income is to be applied to general faculty 

"We feel that this action which places in the endow- 
ment of the College, $172,123.78 (market value 
4/30/64) carries out the wishes expressed in the be- 
quest of a devoted alumna; expresses our conviction 
that increased endowment is the greatest need of the 
College; and continues our support of the faculty and 
our effort to enrich the teaching program at Sweet 

Miss Connie Guion, 1913 

When the news came to the Alumnae Association 
of the terms of her will, the Executive Board was sud- 
denly aware of its awesome responsibility. They 
pondered the matter very carefully and considered a 
wide range of possibilities for its use. Suggestions were 
made to use it as seed money for income-producing 
projects which would generate more income for the Col- 
lege. A new Inn, one or more faculty residences, a 

Copies of this letter were circulated among all the 
Board members, and several days later one of the 
copies was returned from our famous and beloved Dr. 
Connie Guion with this handwritten note: "Sue 
Slaughter was a long-time friend and classmate (by 
adoption). I saw her often when she was ill here in 
Memorial. She was always a loyal, devoted, sternly up- 
right friend or foe. It would delight her unselfish saving 

heart to know this motion. Thanks for her, for me, for 
all 1913 and Mary K. Benedict and all of Sweet Briar." 

Dr. Connie's approval was followed by similar ex- 
pressions from other members of the Board of Over- 
seers, and the idea was accepted with alacrity. In that 
same year, on September 22, 1964, Sue Slaughter's 
mother died, the family home was sold and final dis- 
position was made of the estate. The corpus of the gift 
to the Alumnae Association was $239,322.40 and the 
resolution to devote the income during the first five 
years (1964-69) of its existence to visiting professors was 
put into immediate effect. 

It had been understood that a committee would be 
appointed after five years to evaluate the program and 
make recommendations for future policy. All the visit- 
ing scholars except Mrs. Premvathi Naidu had been 
associated with neighbor institutions, providing not 
only a source of intellectual enrichment to our campus 
in their own right but also a welcome interchange of 
benefit to the local area. There was, however, some 
apprehension lest the Sue Reid Slaughter Fund lapse 
into a regular salary-paying fund instead of its holding 
to the challenge of making possible what would not 
otherwise be. Therefore, in 1969, during the term of 
office of Jacquelyn Strickland Dwelle, the Executive 
Board did a great deal of thinking about it and passed 
the following motion which has been widely circulated 
among new faculty as well as new committee members 
since that time: 

"The purpose of the Sue Slaughter Fund, as deter- 
mined by the Executive Board of the Alumnae As- 
sociation, is to bring distinguished scholars and pro- 
minent national or international figures to Sweet Briar. 
These men and women would by their presence at the 
College, enrich the quality of campus intellectual life 
and focus awareness upon the contemporary scene. 

"The Sue Slaughter Fund will be administered by a 
committee whose chairman shall be an alumna ap- 
pointed by the Executive Committee of the Alumnae 
Association. The members will be: 

A. One additional alumna appointed by the Execu- 
tive Committee of the Alumnae Association. 

B. Three student representatives to be selected from 
the three upper classes (though not necessarily one 
from each class) by the students. 

C. Two faculty members, to be chosen by the faculty. 

D. The President or the Dean of the College (as they 

E. The Treasurer of the College (ex officio). 

"The committee will be responsible for carrying out 
the purposes of this fund. The Committee may be en- 
tirely flexible in its decision as to length of time such 
person or persons shall spend on campus. 

"If the Committee is unable to procure an appropri- 
ate person in any given year, or if any portion of the 
income available in a given year is not expanded, the 
remaining amount should be set aside either to be 

added to the income which accrues the following year 
or returned to the corpus as determined by the mem- 
bers of the Committee. 

"The administration of the Sue Slaughter Fund 
shall be subject to review by the Executive Board of 
the Alumnae Association every five years." 

The first meeting of the newly constituted committee 
set up to administer the income from the Sue Slaughter 
Endowment Fund met at Alumnae House on March 
10, 1969. The alumnae members were Nancy fiw^zer 
Leavell '34 and Ellen Gilliam Perry '45; the student 
representatives were Mary Jane Hipp '70, Jennifer Jen- 
kins '71, and Connie Haskell '70. Chosen by the faculty 
were Eleanor Barton and Thomas Gilpatrick; repre- 
senting the administration. Dean Catherine Sims, and 
serving ejc officio, Peter V. Daniel and Elizabeth Bond 
Wood '34. The three students and two faculty members 
have been replaced as the need has arisen but the only 
replacement of an alumna member was Elizabeth 
Johnston Lipscomb '59 to take over for Ellen Gilliam 
Perry when the latter resigned to follow her husband, 
who shifted his Presidency from Goucher to Agnes 
Scott in 1973. Meetings of the Committee were held as 
needed, and a wide variety of proposals came in from 
all departments. 

The lectures and events sponsored by the SRS En- 
dowment Fund increased immediately in both number 
and scope. 

In August 1972, Cathax'ms Fitzgerald Booker, Pres- 
ident of the Alumnae Association, appointed Juliet 
Halliburton Burnett, Dale Hutter Harris, SaWy Fish- 
burn Fulton and Louise /Iwferev McFarland to serve 
with herself and Elizabeth Bond Wood ex officio. 
This committee, acting slightly ahead of schedule, re- 
ported to the Executive Board in March 1973. with 
recommendations for only a few minor changes. They 
felt it was important to preserve continuity and avail- 
ability on the committee and that interest could be 
better served by having the Director of the Alumnae 
Association serve as Coordinator with two additional 
off-campus alumnae serving on the committee. Other- 
wise they reported satisfaction with the way the purpose 
was being served "to enrich the quality of campus in- 
tellectual life and focus greater awareness upon the 
contemporary scene." 

The corpus of the fund, which at the time of the 
final settlement of the estate amounted to $239,322.40 
in 1964, has generated from $10,000 to $13,000 an- 
nually. Any unused portions of the income in any given 
year are ploughed back into the corpus, which in 1974 
was valued at approximately $270,000. There is enough 
flexibility in the structure of the Committee whose re- 
sponsibility it is to live up to the spirit of Sue 
Slaughter's bequest that the uses can be altered if 
the need arises, and if it is so recommended by the 
evaluating committees appointed every five years, de- 
cisions for the use of the funds can be adapted to fill 
appropriate needs of the College. 

Even a superficial glance at the list of lectures and 
events made possible by the Sue Reid Slaughter En- 
dowment Fund in the less than ten years of its existence 
will reveal the wide variety of intellectual and cultural 
stimuli afforded by the use of these funds. Under the 
watchful eye of the Executive Board of the Alumnae 
Association and with the conscientious participation 
of student, faculty, administrative and alumnae mem- 
bers of the Committee, a wide variety of proposals 
has been sought, received and evaluated to achieve the 
best possible balance for the overall good of the 


The Sue Reid Slaughter Fund, the gift of a single, 
frugal, devoted Sweet Briar alumna, was for the pur- 
pose of helping the College to maintain an ever-freshen- 
ing point of view. At the same time, however. Sue 
wanted it to be under the control of the group which 
is in the best position to recall and preserve Sweet 
Briar's past. The Fund has already, and with careful 
administration, will continue to provide a great cul- 
tural and intellectual impetus for the constant enrich- 
ment of the academic program of the College. 

The Sue Reid Slaughter Fund: A Summary 





Dr. Robert K. Gooch, Chairman Dept. of Political Science U. Va. 
M.A.. Ph.D., O.xford 

SRS Visiting Lecturer in Government 

1965-66 1st Semester — Dr. Robert Gooch 

2nd Semester — Dr. Leon F. Sensabaugh. Prof, of History, 
Washington & Lee Univ., Ph.D. Johns Hopkins Univ. 
Mrs. Prcmivathi Naidu 

SRS Visiting Lecturer in History 
Specialist in Latin American Studies 

Visiting Lecturer in Hindi-Urdu and Indian 

1966-67 Dr. Robert J. Morgan. Prof, of Government and Foreign Affairs, 

University of Virginia 

SRS Visiting Lecturer in Division of Social Studies 
European Intellectual History 

1968-69 Dr. William H. Hinton, Ph.D. Ohio State — Prof, of Psychology, 

Washington & Lee 

SRS Visiting Lecturer in Psychology 

1969-70 Dr. Elsie Lewis. Prof, of History. Howard University 

SYMPOSWJM: Perspectives on Black Culture 

Participants: Dr. Channing Phillips, Pres., Housing Development Corp.. 
Washington. D.C. Douglas Stewart. Director of Community Affairs, of Planned 
Parenthood — World Population Organization. Canon John Walker, Washington 
Cathedral, Ben Ward. Pianist & Ph.D. candidate, Yale Univ. Eugene Genovese, 
Chr. Hist. Dept. Univ. of Rochester. Dr. Saunders Redding, Nat"! Endowment 
for Humanities & Arts. 
Art Exhibit; /l/nVa« Culture, loaned by Segy Gallery. N.Y.C. 

Lecture in Afro-American Studies 
March 19-22. 1970 

1970-71 A. D. Hope. Australian poet 

Hugh M. Gloster. Pres., Morehouse College 
William Grant Still 

Taught course in the Writing of Poetry 
Lecturer for Black Studies Course 
Lecturer of Black Studies Course and 
Music Department 

Burton Watson. Assistant Prof, of Chinese and 

Japanese. Columbia University 

Art Exhibit from the Smithsonian Institute — Black Studies Course 

Lecturer in Asian Studies 

1Q71-72 Mrs. Joy Michael from India 

Dr. John Stoessinger. Acting Director. Political Affairs Division, 

United Nations 

The Carmina Burana Singers & Players 

Drama & Lectures in Asian Studies 
Lectures and class-room Visitation in political 
affairs — March 7-8. 1972 
Concert — May 6. 1972 


Michael Hurst from England 

University of Virginia Singers 
Sylvia Wilkinson, writer 

Taught course in Modern British History, fall 
and winter terms. Speaker for Lynchburg- 
Amherst-Sweet Briar Day. 

Course in Creative Writing 
spring term 

1973-74 Sylvia Wilkinson, writer 

Paul Plumador 

Garo Antreasin. foremost print-maker from Univ. of New Mexico 

Mrs. Eileen L. Samuelson 

Robert Sayre 

Marilyn de Reggi 

Betty Jones and Fritz Ludin 

Ronald G. Dimberg. 

SERIES: "Crisis in the National Goyernment" 

Participants: Congressman Caldwell Butler; Former Deputy Attorney- 
General William Ruckelshaus; Stephen Salzburg, Prof, of Law. Univ. of Va. 
Rufus Edmisten, Deputy Chief Council for the Watergate Committee 

SYMPOSIUM: Focus on China 

Participants: Jonathan D. Spence, Prof, of History, Yale Univ. 
Alexander Eckestein, Prof, of Economics, Univ. of Mich. 
Lucian Pye, Ford Prof, of Political Science, M.I.T. 

Chu-Tsing Li, Prof, of Art University of Kansas 
FILM: Michael Carne's "Les Enfants du Paradis" 

Course in Creative Writing 

winter term 
Instructor in Dance 

spring term 
Lecturer and Critic for Art Department 
Course in Judaism 

Lecturer on Thoreau and the American Indian 
Lecture-demonstration in Dance 
Visiting Lecturer in History 

"China's First Revolution 1880-1930" 
"Economic Development of China 1949-1972" 
Relations Between the U.S. and the Peoples' 

Republic of China 
"Contemporary Chinese Art" 


The Rev. Dr. James H. Smylie 
Energy Symposium 

Participants: Dr. Raymond Seeger. Sigma Xi. Historian and Adjunct Prof, of 
Applied Science, George Washington Univ. 

Stanley Ragone, Sr. Vice Pres., VEPCO 

William Beach, Reactor Safety Division, Atomic Energy Commission 

Gerald P. McCarthy, Chairman, Governor's Council on the Environment 

Nancy Ignatius, Concern Inc. 

James E. Wilson. Pres. Amer. Geo. Inst. 

James Deane, Exec. Ed. the Wilderness Society 

Dr. C. C. Kemp. Intertechnology. Inc. 

Dr. I. L. Brisbin, Ecology Div. U.S. Atomic Energy Com. 
Black Awareness Day 

Participants: Achemeleh Debela 

Roscoe Brown. Division of Institute of Afro- American Affairs, N.Y. Univ. 
Wilmer Welsh Hayden, musician and composer 

Dr. Fabian von Schlabrendorf, author of The Secret War Against Hitler 
Symposium: THE CHANGING SOUTH. November 19-21, 1974 
Poets: James Seay, Dabney Stuart and Robert Watson 
Anthropologists and Sociologist: 

Lewis Killian, John Reed, Catherine Seaman, Edgar Thompson and 

Clark Howell 
Historians: Robert Gilpin and Gary Ness 
Dr. Irwin Tobin 

Documentary Film: The Sorrow and the Pity 

Seminar on Religion and the American Revolution 

Lecture on The Role of the Contemporary 
Ethiopian Artist in America Today 

Lecture on Theories of Revolution & Resistance 

Diplomat in residence 

spring term 
On the resistance in France by 

Marcel Orphuls 





Assistant Director 
Office of Public Relations 

Claudine Hutter '10, one of the First 36 Sweet Briar students, possi- 
bly the second to enroll. A lady of the theater . . . 

Aints and Asses, Bum Chums, Chung Mungs, Paint 
and Patches, Q.V.'s, Tau Phis. They are all mixed in 
somewhere with the yellowing nametags sewn inside 
tattered gowns and on the backs of aging banners. They 
show their love and laughter, spirit and promise among 
the flickering candles at Step Singing, and shine 
through their costumes and make-up from platforms 
and stages. Swathed in sheets, or red and white scarves, 
sponsoring relevant lectures or a child overseas they 
are somehow the same. They are the young women of 
Sweet Briar. There were many before them and there 
will be many after them, the Aints and Asses, Bum 
Chums, Chung Mungs, Paint and Patches, Q.V.'s, 
and Tau Phis. 

Tau Phi, founded in the spring of 1922 by ten sen- 
iors under President Emily Watts McVea, has always 
been composed of a small number of upper classmen 
who have shown a combination of scholarship and con- 
structive influence. The Tau Phis work to promote in- 
tellectual stimulation on campus and through the years 
have sponsored lectures and discussion groups. For in- 
stance, the 1949 Tau Phis sponsored a series of dis- 

cussions that led to the formation of the student- 
faculty curriculum committee. They have invited faculty 
to speak informally on such topics as their current re- 
search, Ph.D. dissertations, and travelogues. Today's 
Tau Phis have embarked on an ambitious program 
that includes a project called TEMPO, a lecture series. 
In the past TEMPO has been sponsored by different 
groups of students. 

The Tau Phis, under their president Elizabeth 
Brooks, plan to focus on the environment this year, 
offering a series of lectures and discussions during 
February, inviting students from other colleges. 

Tau Phi is a serious-minded group, but youthful as 
well. In 1927 an effort was made to "loosen" them up 
with the creation of the Chung Mungs. A ghostly crew 
that sells goodies in the dorm and around campus to 
fund worthwhile projects, their most enjoyable function 
is to irritate the Tau Phis. 

A cheerful animosity developed as was noted by a 
Tau Phi of 1934-35. "We did not, as I remember, have 
great speakers during the depths of the Depression, 
But I do remember that we desperately worked to out- 

wit the Chung Mungs (notoriously attractive, but not 
Dean's List)." 

The rivalry has subsided in recent years, but during 
the tapping of new Tau Phi, ghostly figures can still be 
seen trailing and moaning the "tapping Tau's," then 
joining them in the Bistro for a light-hearted cele- 

The Q.V.'s have their own way of working .... 
anonymously. Chosen by secret vote of their classmates 
freshman year, the newly-tapped sophomores spend the 
year building the morale of their fellow classmen. Their 
identities are not revealed until spring Step Singing. 

But it is not so simple as that. In 1942, Norma 
Bradley and nine sophomore friends got the idea that 
the Q.V.'s were "too upright, serious, solemn, myster- 
ious, and esoteric." What they needed was a little ri- 
valry. After all, for Tau Phi there were Chung Mungs; 
Paint and Patches had its Aints and Asses. May Court 
even had its Dis-May Court. The Q.V.'s had no com- 
petition. So Miss Bradley and her friends accepted her 
brother's slightly inebriated pronunciation of the 
"Chung mungs" and launched into writing the "Bum 
Chums" song. In the words of Mrs. Norma Bradley 
Arnold, "With the song 'Halleluia, I'm a Bum,' which 
my mother sang me to sleep with, we added the verse, 
'You may be tapped tonight old shoe, since you have 
nothing else to do.' "With the song and old shoes and 
old bedspreads, we marched and tapped each other, 
little knowing that we had begun a tradition that would 
be perpetuated even this long." 

"I'd dratta be a Chung Mung 
She's always by my side 
She never ever leaves me 
She guards me from Tau Phi." 

Who said the Tau Phis are "serious minded"? In 1947 they were not so serious, what with baseball and the boys. Front row: Anne Webb Moses, 
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"Todaj" was April '74, and the Bums 

are: left to right, Melanie Coyne, Marian 

Dolan, Ann Works, Dede Alexandre, 

Lisa Nelson. 

The first Bum Chums began sponsoring children in 
the "Save the Children Federation." Since then, there 
have been many worthwhile projects sponsored by suc- 
cessive Bum Chums. And a few new traditions have 
been born along the way. Notable are the red and white 
striped scarves. Made for the first holiday Inn, 
"Snowed Inn." they have been passed down to succes- 
sive Bum Chums since 1962. 

Their constant dedication to irritating the Q.V.'s 
is evidenced in several letters from the alumnae. Mrs. 
Lydia Plamp Plattenburg '55 notes, "I roomed with 
two Bum Chums who followed me EVERYWHERE 
after the Q.V. election when I had to secretly tap two 
new^ O-V.'s. I managed to elude them only during morn- 
ing classes and found my two sophomores then. The 
sophomore O-V.'s worked in secrecy I remember, 
sneaking through the dark trees and shadows for our 
night meetings — hoping to avoid the Bum Chums who 
were always hoping to learn our identity before we 
were announced at Step Singing." 

The drama club. Paint and Patches, is perhaps the 
oldest organization on campus. The first president of 
Paint and Patches and its first leading "gentleman" 
was Eugenia Griffin, class of 1910, Sweet Briar's first 
graduating class. She is now Mrs. Eugenia Griffin 
"Burnett of Richmond, Virginia. She offers some re- 
collections of the first major production, Robin Hood. 

"I remember," says Mrs. Burnett, "the great help 
and encouragement the faculty members gave us, right 
from the start. And I recall that when Miss Guion and 
Miss Martha Plaisted arrived in the fall of 1908, they 
were such efficient and devoted coaches that they prac- 
tically turned the amateur actors professionals. In the 
meantime. Paint and Patches had been divided into 
two groups, the Billikens and the Merry Jesters. The 
good-natured rivalry between the two added to the 
pleasure and excitement of their productions." 

"During the school year," Mrs. Burnett continues, 
"there were always one or two plays given under the 
auspices of the entire club. For the 1908-09 season, 

The founding "fathers" 
of "Les Romanesques," 
Jane Henderson Linton '16 
and Ann Schutie Nolt '15. 





the big event was the production of Robin Hood. This 
took place in the West Dell on May Day, May 3, 1909. 
It was given in honor of the May Queen, Josephine 
Murray, and her Court. The performance goes down 
in history as a most successful one. But when I look 
back upon it, I cannot help remembering two unex- 
pected happenings. 

"The first was an unexpected chorus from a large 
group of frogs who apparently lived in the little pond 
in the Dell. At the first sound of the croaking a band 
of alert and staunch friends in the audience dashed to 
the edge of the pond and bombarded the frog-singers 
(who were only trying to be helpful) so that they dove 
into the water and did not appear again. 

"The second incident revolved around an authentic 
hunting-horn that Paint and Patches had rented from 
a theatrical supply house in Baltimore. In the play, I 
portrayed Robin Hood, and was greatly concerned over 
my ability to sound the horn. 

"Fortunately the box from Baltimore arrived several 
days in advance and I had practiced daily on the horn. 
To my surprise, I found myself to be a good horn- 
blower. But alas, this was another case of pride going 
before a fall ! 

"For when in the play the critical moment arrived 
for Robin Hood to loudly blow the horn as a signal to 
her men, the horn and Robin Hood completely lost 
their former rapport and that horn refused to utter a 
single note! However, the actors were so well trained 
that they rushed on as though they had beared the 
signal. I will modestly add the finale ended to the 
sounds of enthusiastic applause." 

A curious thing about those singing frogs, friends of 
theirs paid a visit to the West Dell Paint and Patches 
production of The Tempest in 1914. Mrs. Rachel 
Forbush Wood tells us, "It was the final play in 1914, 
when we had the temerity to put on Shakespeare's 
Tempest — outdoors — at night! For this great oc- 
casion Paint and Patches had emptied its bank ac- 
count to electrify the so-called "Dell." We were enor- 

mously pleased with our efforts for nearly half of the 
first act. At that point a chorus of loud-voiced tree 
toads announced the impending arrival of rain. Our 
college treasurer Mr. Dew. being more alert to this 
horrid possibility than we, had recruited some Negro 
boys to frighten the toads into silence with their long 
poles. The resulting commotion disturbed the actors 
more than the toads. We managed to finish the first act 
but the performance ended there, with an announce- 
ment that it would go on the following afternoon, 
weather and toads permitting. It probably did, but 
memories tend to become blessedly blank on such pain- 
ful anticlimaxes." 

Robin Hood (Eugenia Griffin Burnett) lets someone (the Sheriff of 
Nottingham, perhaps?) know who's boss In the 1909 Paint and 
Patches production. 

Paint and Patches made use of the chapel in Man- 
son Hall (where the information center and the post 
office are now located). There the Billikens and the 
Merry Jesters put on their productions in good-natured 
rivalry. Mrs. Lorna Weber Dowling, class of 1923, re- 
counts that the chapel was used "for all theatrical pro- 
ductions, music recitals and lectures. It was limited, 
and strange adjustments were made but it was chal- 
lenging and fun. Once a girl who had never smoked 
was playing a man's part; when the curtain went down, 
four girls dove for the cigarette. Smoking was a "ship- 
ping offense!" 

Today, with the Babcock Fine Arts Center stage and 
auditorium, members of Paint and Patches are offered 
a real opportunity to feel a part of the theatre. The 
same heart and spirit goes into productions, and the 
girls get a chance to work and gain experience in act- 
ing, directing, lighting, costume designing, and con- 
struction. There are no frogs to contend with, but Anne 
Felch, president of the organization, assures us that 
the auditioning jitters and opening night butterflies are 
still in plentiful supply, and so are the friendships that 
develop among students who share a common interest 
and common love, the theatre. We are sure that Mrs. 
Burnett, Mrs. Wood, and Mrs. Dowling agree. 

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Some of the Aints and Asses with Eli Bananas of U.Va.'s drum. 

We come now to the Aints and Asses. Originally 
the group was made up of those who tried out but 
were passed over in five P&P productions. The Asses 
would mock the dramatic productions of P&P with 
parodies they wrote themselves. 

One member of the Asses of 1955 recounts, "the 
Aints and Asses were dedicated to picking apart, in a 
comical way, all the Paint and Patches productions 
which were usually excellent performances. As our song 
said, 'We are no Sarah Bernhardts, but Oh, did we 
have fun.' 

"All 21 of us used to wear whistles about our necks 
and whenever a student walked on the grass we would 
perform on the whistles and the student would quickly 
get back on the pavement. Also at that time, Bermuda 
shorts were to be covered by a raincoat as no shorts 
were allowed on campus. One of our functions was to 
see that the coats were closed so that no legs would be 

Asses of that era wore outlandish costumes to P&P 
opening nights, and produced a Dis-May Court in the 
spring and also a take-off on the Freshman Fashion 
Show. A coup of 1954 was the temporary acquisition 
of the drum of the Eli Bananas, a club at the University 

of Virginia. They painted the Ass on the drum (see 
photo) and beat it when they tapped new members that 
September. The drum was returned at the end of the 
year, ass intact. 

Today's Asses do original productions, no longer 
the parodies of the past. They have tapped President 
Whiteman and presented him with a loud green tie 
decorated with little jackasses. His Ass name is "Now 
He'll Fight for Fun." 

One of the Asses' more normal projects is the selling 
of hot dogs at the annual Christmas Bazaar, luring 
customers with the come-on, "Get a long little doggie," 
They will often advertise coming events, such as a re- 
cent square dance, by doing themselves up in appro- 
priate costumes and walking around with straw-in- 
mouth singing "Turkey in the Straw." 

The rivalry with Paint and Patches has diminished 
over the years. Two Asses are P&P members as well. 
But the dedication to ribald humor and good spirits 
is still their foremost aim. 

Aints and Asses, Bum Chums, Chung Mungs, Paint 
and Patches, Q.V.'s, and Tau Phis. Sweet Briar. Could a 
it happen anywhere else? 





The Student Affairs Office in Reid Hall has under- 
gone some changes within the past several months, the 
least of them being flaming orange, screaming green 
and golden-glow yellow papered offices, set off by the 
persimmon and turquoise Reid Parlor just outside its 
doors. The change in the office decor is courtesy of a 
generous gift from the Class of 1948; the change within 
the Student Affairs office is courtesy of the new Dean 
of Student Affairs, John T. Rice. 

The major change is the grouping of career counsel- 
ing, resident life, student activities, medical services, 
and personal counseling services into an interdepen- 
dent division. This allows Karen Hartnett, Director of 
Financial Aid and Career Planning, Alberta Zotack, 
Assistant Dean, Krys Kornmeier, Intern in Student 
Affairs, and Dr. Helen Driskill, College physician and 
Dr. Terrell Wingfield, College psychiatrist, to join Dean 
Rice in confronting the social and personal problems 
facing the Sweet Briar students of today. 

What the Student Affairs Office is striving to achieve 
is the coordination of the non-academic aspects of stu- 
dent life, emphasizing constructive activities and stu- 
dent governance, as well as the enforcement of rules 
and procedure which have been the main concerns of 
this office in the past. 

Students seem to relate readily to the new Dean, 
feeling little embarrassment about discussing their 
problems with a man. Dean Rice is no newcomer to 
such a situation; prior to his coming to Sweet Briar 
as Assistant to the President two years ago, he was 
Headmaster of a girl's preparatory school, St. Anne's 
School in Charlottesville. Indeed, his background train- 
ing in sociology and his being the father of two daugh- 
ters (as well as two sons) seem to inspire student con- 
fidence. Reid Parlor is a bustling, busy place that rivals 
"Mother Macke's" in its frenzy of activity. 

One of the major problems of all single-sex colleges 
is retention of their students. This is one of the major 
charges to the Student Affairs Division. Thus, Dean 
Rice and his staff have begun instituting new programs 
aimed at integrating resident and social life with the 

Dean Rice states, "This college believes it has a responsibility for 
the emotional and physical as well as intellectual development of its 
students. This is one of the pluses of a residential college, and I am 
convinced that it is here that Sweet Briar can make a special con- 
tribution." John Rice is a graduate of VPI with honors in sociology. 
He earned his Master's in sociology at the University of Tennessee. 
He has served as vice president of Florida Junior College and as as- 
sistant professor of sociology at Madison College where he was named 
its first Dean of Men in 1966. 

academic program. The Resident Adviser Program dis- 
cussed elsewhere in this magazine as well as the mixing 
of all classes in the residence halls are examples of the 
"new look" in Sweet Briar student life today. The new 
Dean also has gone into the dormitories in the evening 
to meet in the parlors with students for informal con- 
versations about the College and what can be done to 
improve the quality of life for them here. There is no 
question that students feel they have a great deal of 
impact on their college and its future. 

"I guess I'm the only man I know who spends his 
working life in a woman's dormitory," the 35-year old 
Dean grins, "but I am terribly excited and challenged 
by the opportunity confronting us. For our students, 
being a young woman in today's world of non-defini- 
tive roles and of rapid social change can be confusing 
at best. Students need models and perspectives of many 
kinds upon which to build the framework for their lives. 
Our task is to create the proper atmosphere and tone so 
that these young women can take full advantage of 
their academic opportunity. It is surely going to keep 
us busy." 

The next visit you pay to the College, drop by Reid 
Hall. You will find the "new look," both the decor and 
the people, quite interesting. 



From California 

To the Ec/ilor 

Dean Barbara Blair was a guest at our 
alumnae get-together on October 9. 1974. after 
which she was taken to visit the Salk Institute 
in La Jolla. which was of interest to her be- 
cause ot her background in biology. Dr. Blair 
thinks this would be a lovely place to spend 
a sabbatical, then recalls that administrative 
personnel don't get sabbaticals! We concluded 
that dilferent jobs have different compensa- 
tions, highly simplistic conclusion. Since I was 
involved in building a lloat for the Columbus 
Day Parade, celebrating discoveries of ter- 
ritory, and polio vaccine in one endeavor. Dr. 
Blair was driven about in a dusty pickup 
truck, rattling about the countryside which 
she took with tremendous aplombl Wc enjoyed 
her tremendously. 

— Susk Luitdis Newland '44 
San Diego, California 

From South Carolina 

To the Editor: 

How much I appreciate your interest in my 
writing which I would like to think has been 
successful in some areas. Thinking of my 35th 
SBC reunion in 1975, I would like to share 
some thoughts with my class of 1940, 

1 consider my education at Sweet Briar of 
paramount importance in w hatever 1 have ac- 
complished. As a freshman 1 was the greenest 
of girls in association with faculty and stu- 
dents, who in attitude and accomplishment 
were awe-inspiring. The challenge w as there 
from the beginning. 

My first roommate w as Mary Petty Johnston 
of New York City; while as quickly as possible 
we sw apped roomates — she to Olivia Davis of 

Letters to the Editor 

Scarsdale and I to Mariana Bush of Augusta 
— the north-south barrier was breached, and 
lasting friendships made. Ahead to impress us 
were such as Nancy Nalle, Dolly Nicholson and 
Happy James, In my class of '40 my horizons 
were widened not only by the charm and 
abilities of the Richmond girls but also by 
associations north, south, east and west cul- 
minating in Elizabeth Duke Lee, daughter of 
missionary parents, who came to SBC from 
Wusih, China, and was our president of Stu- 
dent Government, 

Among the faculty. Miss Jesse Fraser first 
called on me — not in class but at her table the 
day after 1 arrived at college — to recite 
"L'Allegro," I have never been able to do it 
since. She and I battled the "history vs, En- 
glish major" throughout my four years. Miss 
Ames introduced me to the seasonal wonders 
of the outdoors. It was botany then, but now it 
is trees, birds and wildflowers. Miss Stochholm 
gave me an understanding and love of 
Chaucer, Dr, Connor dramatized his Shake- 
speare; an Elizabethan May Day plus^ls You 
Like It in the Boxwood garden have put me 
on intimate terms with that great era. 

My major was English but music certainly 
my minor. Miss Weaver shook her head over 
"too many interests." i,e,, hockey, basketball 
and swimming interferred with the dedication 

Overlooking a fountain at 
La Jolla, California, are Dean 
Barbara Blair, Susannc Luiidis 
Newland '44, who is President 
of the Women's Association for 
the Salk Institute; and Mr. 
Delbert Glanz, Vice-president 
of the Salk Institute. 

An accomplished sportswoman 
as well as author, Georgia 
Herbert Hart '40 is pictured 
with Governor John C. West 
of South Carolina (left) and her 
husband, George Hart (right). 
"The dale," she notes, "is 
April 28, 1974. My blazer was 
given to me bv the S.C. Senior 
Women's Golf Association of 
which I was the first president. 
The seal has an hour glass in 
one quadrant with all the sand 
in the lop!" 

it would take to be a concert pianist. My 
senior recital was memorable in that Mr. 
Zechiel recognized the final note — it was 
Debussy's "Jardins Sous La Pluie" — as 
lilerally the end of the concert trail for me. 
Three things I have never forgotten concerning 
music at Sweet Briar: singing the seven-fold 
amen on Sundays with the a cupella choir; 
Rossetti's "The Blessed Damozel " in concert 
with the National Symphony Orchestra. Hans 
Kindler conducting; and carols over hill and 
dale at Christmas time. 

In those days the language requirement for 
graduation loomed large. Dean Dutton and 
Miss Malz did all they could for me in Greek. 
After failing one exam I fainted in the Dean's 
office. She then became more human in her 
concern. Later that year she stole the faculty 
show as floating on a pink cloud she explained 
away the "weak" students as those girls who 
lived only for the "week" ends. 

Sweet Briar's influence during my four years 
could easily be summed up in its President 
Meta Glass. She was a most remarkable per- 
son who warmly welcomed us to Sweet Briar 
House. Her repertoire of stories ran from 
vignettes of travel and famous people to a de- 
tailed account of a Virginia hog killing in 
which everything was utilized but the squeal. 
1 often think of the wonderful household of 
the Dabney Lancasters. whose daughter Canny 
was in my class. 

In the final Lake Day for the class of 1940 
we won the prize as the ugly duckling that 
turned into a silver swan. It was a great mo- 
ment indeed. I can surely say that at Sweet 
Briar I learned from the stimulus of competi- 
tion. But it w as far more than that. My years 
on that lovely campus were a way of life that 
held some invigorating new interest every day. 
Since graduation my continued associations 
w ith the SBC community have delighted me. 
It was an honor to have President Anne Pan- 
nell in my home one Sweet Briar Day, and the 
steady succession of students from Columbia, 
including my sister, my daughter and my 
niece, always makes me proud. The challenge 
is still there for all of us, and sometimes I have 
to pinch myself and say. How lucky can you 

— Georgia Herbert Hart '40 
Columbia, South Carolina 

(Ed, note: Georgia Hart is the author of the 
hook Of Time and Tide (poems and prose), 
which won the Printing Industry of North and 
South Carolina Award for Graphics, 19b7. 
From 1953-19t)4 her newspaper column, 
"People and Things," was published in South 
Carolina newspapers. She w as the first woman 
to write and MC a TV series for WIS-TV, 
Many other poems, articles, books, and his- 
torical studies have been published in the 






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A.) 105 Walker Ave.. Oakland, Cal. 94610. 
Fund Agent 

Juliet Selbv Hill (Mrs. Pierre F.) 100 Edge- 
wood Rd.. York, Pa. 17402. 

Some news is happy and some so sad, but 
I suppose we have to expect this as we ap- 
proach our 50th reunion. 

Ross Potter, Betty Leopold's husband, 
wrote me that Betty has died in Nov. 1972. 
I wrote to Ross. 

Louise Wolf Arnold summers in Natucket 
and winters in Palm Beach. Her news was 
gay. She and George had gone to France 
on the Queen Elizabeth and returned on the 
France. George was a delegate to the Society 
of the Cincinnati, meeting in Paris this 
spring. The French members, descendants 
of officers on Lafayette's staff during our 
Revolution entertained them royally. In Paris 
they had dinner with French families. Six 
of the group, who spoke French, including 
the Arnolds, had dinner at the Marquise 
d'Habrincourt's lovely apartment on the 
Seine. They lunched at the Hotel de Ville 
and Luxembourg Palace. Our American am- 
bassador entertained them at cocktails at his 
home. An outstanding dinner was at the 
Salle de Bataille at Versaille where the foun- 
tains were turned on just for them. 

Eleanor Miller Patterson hopes to be at 
reunion. Her son is a Professor of History 
in the Humanities Dept. at Davidson Col- 
lege, N. C, and priest in charge at St. 
Albans, the little Episcopal church. They 
have four children. William Brown Patter- 
son IV and three girls. Evelyn Byrd and 
twins, Lucy and Emily, aged 9. The Patter- 
sons lost their daughter from leukemia six 
years ago, and she left three boys who live 
with their architect father in Atlanta, Ga. 

Juliet Selby Hill reports the death of Ruth 
Gales LeVee in Centralia, Mo., in April 
1973. Belatedly we extend sympathy to her 

Mary Elizabeth Welch Hemphill writes 

that she lives alone with her poodle. Her 
husband, an alumnus of Washington and 
Lee, died about two years ago. 

So far not many have written that they 
hope to be back for our 50th. Perhaps it 
is too soon. Let's hold the good thought. 
I, too. am on the doubtful list, because of 
Arthur's physical condition. 

Woodis Finch Hudson expects to be back. 
In May she visited her sister in England 
where she saw Amy Williams Hunter who 
also plans to "re-une." Woodis was spend- 
ing the summer at her cottage in Peconic, 
Long Island. 

In another column I wrote that Teddy 
Scofield Thompson had moved from Calif, 
back to Grand Rapids, Mich., where their 
roots and memories are. This month they 
will celebrate their Golden Wedding and 
in spite of Tommy being an invalid he has 
retained his marvelous sense of humor and 
is visited by his medical and golfing buddies. 

Mary Nadine Pope Phillips and husband 
Carrington, who is not well, lead a quiet 
life in Chapel Hill where they retired in 
1961. Their only son is a career army of- 
ficer who has been a major for three years. 
He spent three years in Vietnam and at 
present is studying at the General Staff 
College in Ft. Leavenworth. There are two 
grandchildren, a 12-year old grand-daughter 
and a 7-year old grandson. 

Tallulah Holloway Harris is a widow, 
living alone in her parents' old home in 
Marlin, Texas. She is well, but feels she 
won't be able to atend reunion. She is to 
be a great aunt in Jan. '75, her only claim 
to fame — or at least that is what she wrote, 
which I don't believe. 

Elizabeth Macqueen Payne and husband, 
Frank, moved from Pasadena to the Laguna 
Niguel Beach last December. Elizabeth 
has two sons, one an attorney in Los An- 
geles, the other in Bank of America in San 
Francisco. Frank has two sons and two 
grand-children. Elizabeth can boast of more. 
Each son has four children. Elizabeth 
goes to all S. B. meetings in Southern Calif, 
and enjoys the good group. 

Eunice Branch Hamilton's home is in 
Gadsden. Ala., but she spends half a year 
in Sarasota, Fla. She has two sons. Tom and 

his wife, Joyce, live in Jacksonville, Fla. 
and have three children. Bill and his wife, 
Anita, live in Birmingham, Ala., and have 
two children. 

Mary Reed Hartshorn doubts if she will 
be at reunion. She and her husband usually 
stop at Sweet Briar on returning from 
wintering in Florida to their home in Mil- 
waukee. Ted and Mary are well and busy 
but said they no special news. I doubt this 
when there are seven grandchildren. 

Muriel Fossum Pesek has been sick for 
three months and maybe will be grounded 
for another three. They were looking for- 
ward to a visit from their daughter, Nancy, 
a Sweet Briar graduate, her husband, Ray, 
and their five children. The grandchildren 
are Ann, 20, Cathy, 19, Jean, 16. Mary, 13 
and Jimmy. 12. Muriel feels confident she 
can still take her naps, thus avoiding the 
pressures. The house must be very large to 
accommodate so many and be able to get 
away from it all. More power to such a 
grand family and may your recovery be 
speedy, Muriel. 

Helen Banes Davis can't travel by car or 
plane, because of an injury to her back 
several years ago. She said she'll miss the 
beauty and the fun and will be with us in 
spirit. Her resume since 1925 was newsy. 
Helen married David of N. Y. City. He was 
a Yale man and came to Cumberland, Md.. 
in 1925 and was associated with Kelly- 
Springfield Tire Co. Later he owned his 
General Insurance Agency. Their only 
daughter. Helen Clare, is a graduate of 
Denison University. She is married to George 
Gebert, and with their daughter Clare, they 
live in Nashville, Tenn. Clare is a student 
at Mary Washington College in Fredericks- 
burg, Va. Mr. Gebert is Vice-President of 
Blair, FoUin, Allen and Walker. Helen has 
been a widow since Dec. 1%6. Her husband 
died very suddenly while they were vaca- 
tioning in Delray Beach, Fla. 

Jane Becker Clippinger and husband have 
completely changed their life style. Jane is 
living in a most attractive retirement home 
where John, her husband, is a long-term 
patient in the hospital wing. Jane had just 
returned from a great visit with "their 
kids," one in Virginia who has two children 


and one in Washington, D.C.. who also has 
two children. Their son, John, Jr., is in New 
Hampshire, where he is recovering from the 
trauma of completing his dissertation for 
his doctorate in Cybernetics. Jane is counting 
on seeing all at our 50th. 

Sue Hager Rohrer wrote in Oct. from Vir- 
ginia Beach, Va., that eight were enjoying 
perfect weather for golf over a weekend. 1 
hope to hear more news from her when she 
finds my letter and enclosed card upon her 
return home. 

Lucy Reaves Utterback hopes to be at our 
50th with bells on if she is a lady of leisure 
by then. 

In Jan, 1975 she will round out 27 years 
with the official cancer program of Arkansas, 
a program she set up and became director of 
in 1947. It has been a rewarding challenge. 
Lucy hopes her suitemates, Martha McHenry 
Halter and Ruth Taylor Hudson will be 
there too. 

One card was signed only "Virginia." and 
the postmark didn't tell from whence it 
came; but since the writer regrets she is too 
far away to attend reunion. I think this 
might be Virginia Burke Miller, who lives in 
Ann Arbor, Mich. Virginia expected three 
of their 14 grandchildren to visit them in 
October. Their father, Virginia's son, is pro- 
secutor at Grand Rapids. Another son is 
Professor of Electrical Engineering at Pur- 
due, and a married daughter lives in Denver. 

Virginia Whitlock Moll has nine grand- 
children. There are four left of the original 
six cute lassies from Charlotte, N.C.. and 
three still live in Charlotte. Louise Gibbon 
Carmichael was to go to Charlotte from her 
home in Durham to join Lucy Carson Had- 
dow and Martha Jamison Causey at Vir- 
ginia's. They remain fast friends and this 
October get-together should be a ball. 

Dot Herbison Hawkins' card arrived just 
in time before my writing efforts are to be 
sent in. She was late because she and her 
husband, Howard, had been vacationing to 
Canada, the Rockies, and West Coast. They 
have had lovely trips during nine years of 
retirement. They have three children and 
seven grandchildren who live nearby. There 
is an active Sweet Briar group in Rochester. 

Today is the 20th of Oct. and I just re- 
turned from an overnight spree to Carmel, 
Monterey and Pebble Beach with my bache- 
lor son, Fred. We went to a wedding at Car- 
mel Mission which was followed by a recep- 
tion, a gala affair at Del Monte Lodge. This 
is the first I have been out of town since 
March 1973. Arthur wanted me to go and all 
went well at home. He was well taken care 
of by our capable, good natured 206 lb. 

Brenda our granddaughter, graduated 
from Kennewick, Wash. High School the 
last of May and came to visit us. as well as 
to vacation with her uncle and family. Her 
older sister may come to see us during her 
Christmas vacation. Lana is in her 5th year 
at college, hoping to become a speech patho- 
logist. She may even go another year for 
special preparation to work with the deaf. 
Brenda will enter Junior College and live at 
home. She also plans to work with the handi- 
capped. My youngest son and family live 
quite near and are so good to us. Their 14'/2 
year old. Robbie, is in high school and is 
getting "dangerously" beautiful. 

I guess this winds things up, except to ex- 
plain that each class has but one write-up a 
year. So many think there is to be news of 


1925 in each issue. I couldn't possibly do 
that because so many of you are my silent 
partners, and also there wouldn't be any 
room. If some of you wrote and the tid-bits 
aren't in this column, you will know they 
were received too late and I'll have to keep 
them for a later issue. Amen and God Bless. 



Majorie H. Shepherd. Apt. 623, 2500 Wis- 
consin Ave., N.W. Washington, D.C. 20007. 
Fund Agent 

Margaret Reinhold Mitchell (Mrs. Margaret 
R.). "The Plaza." 1303 Delaware Ave.. Wil- 
mington, Del. 19806. 

In late April Ruth Will Beckh wrote to say 
that she and Karl were expecting Kathgrine 
(Kippy) Van Cleve Van Wyck and husband 
George, also Mildred Gribbte and Carl 
Seller to visit them in Richmond during 
Garden Week. This news missed our dead- 
line but happily Kippy has just written to 
confirm their visit and to say that she and 
George had been to SBC twice in the past 
year and liked all of the changes. Kippy has 
a granddaughter there as a freshman . . . 
also a grandneice. We looked up grand- 
daughter Tara while attending the Fall 
Council Meetings. Kippy hopes to see us all 
in 1976. 

Louise Fuller Freeman left for England in 
early October to spend a month "just wan- 
dering around." Louise has no news of other 
classmates, as she never seems to bump into 
them on her trips. However, she threatens 
to come to Our Nation's Capital one of these 
years to sightsee and see her good friend 
Frances Dunlop Heiskell and maybe others, 
including me. Frances and Jim. incidently. 
had a delightful stay in Boothbay Harbour, 
Maine, this past summer and then on to 
Nova Scotia. Unfortunately, Frances in- 
jured her leg almost to an incapacitating 
degree for several months. At this writing, 
however, she is well on the road to recovery. 

Frances McCamish McNeil says she has 
no news so will "fabricate" as suggested. 
But this is not entirely true, of course. 
Frances retired from her teaching job last 
spring, having decided it was better to "walk 
away than be carried out." All of her tribe 
are well. busy, growing and learning. 

Ruth Abell Bear and Burnett have given 
birth to their second grandchild, another 
girl. They spent two weeks in Vermont in 
early June visiting daughter Andrene and 
husband Jack and the latest edition, but 
mainly, it came through, their 4-yr. old 
granddaughter. Elizabeth. 

Mary Sloddard Frary writes that she lost 
her husband in July following heart surgery. 
The nearby presence of her daughter and two 
"darling grandsons" have been of inestim- 
able help to Mary in adjusting to her loss. 
She and Vic had two wonderful months in 
Florida last winter, but as of now. her plans 
are uncertain. 

Ruth Johnston Bowen claims she has no 
news of interest to other alumnae. But she 
does say that they are on their feet and able 
to eat . . . at these prices'? She also says 
that Dorothy Jester. Assistant Dean, and her 
mother from Lynchburg spent a day with 
them in July. 

Dot Keller lliff wrote that in April she 
and Seward took a trip to San Antonio 
for Fiesta Week to view the great restorations 
and reconstruction accomplished by the Con- 
servation Society there. Included was the 
"fabulous" money-raising Night in Old San 
Antonio put on by the S. A. historical so- 
ciety, which the Denver society has copied. 

Also from Denver comes word from Helen 
Dunleavy Mitchell who "loves hearing about 
'26-ers" but claims to have little of substance 
to report. She is busy keeping house, sees 
Dot lliff often, and sends best wishes to all. 

When she wrote in late September, Edna 
Lee Gilchrist had just returned from a de- 
lightful trip to London, Venice. Florence and 
Estoril. She also reported that Ellen Newell 
and Wright Bryan had visited her and Joe in 
the spring. Edna has just taken on a BIG 
job as Chairman of the Board of the Seven 
Hills Girls' Preparatory School in Lynch- 

A note from Ellen herself indicates that in 
late September she and Wright were just 
home from a visit to Holland and England. 
Wright was a guest of the Netherlands gov- 
ernment to observe the 30th anniversary of 
"Operation Market Garden" with U.S. para- 
troopers dropping to liberate Holland. The 
Bryans also visited Arnhem. Mymegen and 
Eindhover. Ellen and Wright spent a night 
with Helen Finch Halford and Cecil in 
Hampshire. Their daughter and grandson 
from London were also there. Ellen said 
Helen looked great and that her home is a 
dream spot filled with charming antiques. 

Loey Peterson Wilson, one of our in- 
veterate travelers, wrote that although her 
1973 trip was tops, the Big One was this 
past April when she went around the world, 
tlying 33.400 miles in 44 days in 25 planes. 
I wish we had room to include her impres- 
sions of the places she visited: Japan, Tai- 
wan, Manila. Hong Kong. Macau, Bali, 
Singapore. Bangkok. Kathamandu in Nepal, 
India. Kashmir, and Iran. She added, "I 
read every syllable published about 1926." 

Loey also sent me a newspaper clipping 
headed with Elizabeth Rountree Kellerman's 
picture which was followed by a religious 
article that a friend of Loey's had sent her 
from a Honolulu newspaper, presumably 
this past spring. Lib is trying, according to 
the article, through Freedoms Foundation, 
of which she is the president of the Hawaii 
Women's Chapter, to arrange for the teach- 
ing of the history of Christianity in the 
Hawaiian Schools. 

Gudrun Eskesen Chase reports that her 
son Thomas is a neurologist at N.l.H. and 
that she and her husband frequently cruise 
past my place to visit him, his wife Joan, 
and sons Thomas, Jr., and Robert (aged 10 
and 12) who live in Potomac, Md. "Goodie" 
and Newell had stopped to see them on their 
way to and from Myrtle Beach. Otherwise, 
the Chases had vacationed in the States 
this year after last year's trip to Russia 
and Eastern European countries, to which 
they are not anxious to return. 

Mary Lyb Laugher}' Arthur claims to have 
nothing even to fabricate. But, she continues, 
the great grandchildren are arriving and are 
"the sweetest of all." She also states that a 
council for "Senior Scholars" offers them 
much. They are "trying to stay alert, at- 
tending U.N.C.C. course in Coming of Age 
Philosophy: a series of 13 films, Brow- 
nowski's Ascent of Man' at Queen's Col- 
lege last summer — no need to get bored 

even and really blessed with good health con- 
sidering — ". Marv Lyb hopes to attend our 

In October. Mary Gladys Brown Moore 
was about to depart on a two week golf 
tour with the U.S. Woman's Senior Golf As- 
sociation to Scotland and Ireland. She was 
then to meet her 21 -year old granddaughter 
in London for a week. Said "grand" (to 
quote Ellen Newell Bryan) is in Geneva for 
her senior year from St. Lawrence University. 

Sarah Merrick Houriet and her husband 
celebrated their 48th anniversary in Septem- 
ber. Sarah writes that their son Paul Jr. 
was killed in an airplane crash in September 
1971. Their daughter-in-law and three grand- 
children aged 13. 16. and 17 live in Mil- 
waukee. Their oldest daughter. SB ex 1949, 
lives near Sarah and husband (Cleveland. 
Ohio) and has three children. 11, 19. and 23. 
The oldest. Penny, is threatening to get mar- 
ried in Australia next March and if so, Sarah 
will attend the wedding. The youngest 
daughter Sally has three children, 12, 15, 
and 17. live fairly near by. 

Nice greeting from Anne Barrett Allaire 
who enjoys reading about her classmates. 

Eleanor Reehl Birchall was concerned 
about her son in Honduras when she wrote 
but was one of the few fortunate ones who 
had received a message direct saying. "All's 
well." Eleanor was expecting a visit from 
her eldest granddaughter and husband in 

Peggie Denman Wilson and Brad also son 
Bradley returned from a trip to the Canadian 
Rockies in mid-October. Peg says she is still 
doing the same things — on a jaunt to his- 
torical sites recently, the guest of another 
woman was none other than Madeline 
Brown, class of 1927, on her way to an S.B. 
cruise. Peg said they had "old home week" 
on the spot. 

Mary Bristol Graham and Larry also 
toured the Canadian Rockies in October. 
They had already visited BaniT. Calgary. 
Lake Louise and Jasper as Mary finished 
her letter. Jasper, she decided, might be 
her choice in spite of all the beauty else- 
where. The Grahams still had Vancouver 
and Victoria on their menu before stopping 
off in Portland where they were to visit 
Louise Bristol Lindemann's (SB 1928) daugh- 
ter Sue. Mary's daughter (Larry's too) Judy 
Graham Lewis (SB 1958) and husband Earl 
James, an Episcopal minister, recently moved 
from Martinsburg, West Va. to Charleston, 
West Va., when Jim received a call as rector 
of St. John's Episcopal Church in Charleston. 
According to press releases, they will be 
sorely missed in Martinsburg where they and 
all of their family were active in community 

Ginny Lee Taylor Tinker and husband 
Fred flew to Switzerland in mid-summer 
where their widowed daughter Joan and three 
children, ages 11, 13, and 15 — all boys — are 
living, as Joan was to have an emergency 
operation. Luckily, all went well; so Ginny, 
Fred, and Joan were able to have a 10-day 
respite at Interlaken before the Tinkers 
return home 6 weeks later. 

Daisy Huffman Smead writes that she is 
enjoying her new married life after being a 
widow for 15 years. She and her husband 
play a lot of golf and go to quite a few of the 
Seniors' Tournaments. Their house in Sea 
Island is on the golf course. They continue 
to spend their summers at Pomeroy Farms 
in the Poconos. Daisy and Llewelyn enjoy 

seeing Ellen Newell and Wright Bryan when 
they are on the island. 

Martha Bachman McCoy says nothing 
much about herself except that she is getting 
fat! However, she did send a most interest- 
ing clipping regarding Virginia Mack Senter 
and husband William. Their picture, with 
both looking terrific, headed an article an- 
nouncing a reception to be held in the Sen- 
ters' honor on Sunday, October 20. The 
committee in charge stated that the recep- 
tion was "to honor Bill and Virginia for 
their long service to young people in this 
area in the field of education and for their 
many other contributions to the community." 
Shortly after receipt of Mart's note came a 
card from Bill Senter saying that Virginia 
had been very ill since June with her third 
cancer. I gained the impression, however, 
that they both hoped to attend the reception. 
They have a combined total of 84 years 
service in the educational profession. Vir- 
ginia was the recipient of the Hope Chest 
award (multiple schlerosis) last year. 
Thoughtful of Bill to write for Virginia. 

Helen Mutschler Becker had a marvelous 
trip to the Hawaiian Islands in May with 
her daughter Pat. her husband and his 
mother. Hellie also visited her grandson and 
family (three great grandchildren) in Los 
Angeles. Later, she spent some time in Sara- 
sota at daughter "Tee's" ranch. She and her 
husband raise and show Arabian horses. 

1 saw Elizabeth Cobb and Don Suther- 
land in Dallas. Pa. during the summer. Both 
are now well after a rather gruelling winter. 
When I left in early October they had just 
returned from a visit to their only son. Bob, 
and family in State College, Pa., where Bob 
teaches American History in the area schools. 

Jane Riddle Thornton and family, in- 
cluding Mimi (SB 1956) and Tabb (SB 1959) 
had a lovely week-end at SBC last May. 
"The college never looked more beautiful 
and the red carpet was out," said Jane. I 
saw Jane in mid-October when she and 
Lisa Guigon Shinberger (SB 1927) drove to 
SB from Richmond for the day. Jane — the 
same effervescent Jane — is a member of 
Betty Moore Rusk's reunion committee. 

Betty, our faithful driver, gathered up Peg 
Reinhold Mitchell and me and took us to 
SBC for Alumnae Council the week of 
October 14-18. Betty had just returned from 
Maine and Peg from the British Isles. As 
always, the campus was beautiful, the meet- 
ings interesting and informative, but time 
passed too quickly. 

Dorothea Reinburg Fuller joined us on 
campus for a day and we had our own pri- 
vate reunion. Dot had been to California 
recently with daughters Dorothea and Betsy, 
as well as Betsy's three children. They had 
stopped in Phoenix to see Dot's son Bill. 
Dot is studying ancient history at Randolph- 

Also good to see Gert Prior, Juliet Selby 
Hill and Eleanor Miller Patterson at S.B. as 
well as Bertha Pfister Wailes who is age- 
less. (Wonder how she does it!) 

I spent some of the early summer at Nag's 
Head, N.C., and then proceeded to Dallas, 
Pa. to visit my sisters. Our house was struck 
by lightning and caught fire at the end of 
August— MY EMERGENCY— and although 
I think at times that I am still stained by 
blue plaster, which flew at me from all di- 
rections, no one was really hurt. 

All for now . . . 



Carolyn Martindale Blouin (Mrs. Maurice F.) 
Old Joy Farm. South Berwick, Me. 03908. 
Fund Agent 

Gwen Olcott Writer (Mrs. George S., Jr.) 
21 Fifth Ave.. Nyack, N.Y. 10960. 

Our 45th Reunion is coming up — and in 
very short order! So, first and foremost, an 
important letter from our Class President, 
Jean Saunders. (Class Presidents are also the 
official Class Reunion Chairmen.) 
"Dear Class of 1930: 

When I received my order of Sweet Briar 
bulbs last week on the coldest day yet this 
fall, I was reminded that winter will surely 
come and that soon after, the spring of 1975 
is a very special time for us. I hope you are 
all planning to come to our reunion which is 
scheduled for the last weekend in May. 

I'm happy to report much improved per- 
sonal health, and am looking forward to 
seeing all of you again at our 45th reunion. 
We can be proud of our college and our 
class. Best wishes to you and yours, Jean" 

Jean is hoping a batch of us will agree to 
write personal letters to four or five class- 
mates urging them to return for our gala 
45th. Why don't you drop Jean a postal 
(Garrison. N.Y. 10524) and tell her you'll 
help, and give her the names of any class- 
mates you'd especially like to contact? There 
were only 24 of us on deck for our 40th in 
1970, and we certainly should do a lot better 
than that in "75 if we really make an in- 
telligent, sustained, enthusiastic effort! 

It truly is exciting to go back — and I can 
prove it, because I've just been! Mary Hun- 
tington Harrison and I were together at 
SBC for Founders Day and the Fall Alumnae 
Council meetings in mid-October. (Harriet 
Rogers invited us to stay at Red Top; she's 
as keen as can be, and still plays golf; and 
it was great to be there with her.) Of course 
our alma mater is still uniquely beautiful, 
and the students are really excited and en- 
thusiastic about Sweet Briar. Furthermore, 
there are still people we know on hand to 
welcome us! It gives you a warm feeling! So 
please mark your calendar right now so it'll 
include your presence at Sweet Briar May 
24-26, 1975! 

Now for the accumulated news, dating 
back from Christmas card '73 vintage up to 
now. "Now" is October 30 1974, as the Class 
of '30 deadline is November 1 for the Alum- 
nae Magazine you'll probably receive in 

Scootie Gorsline wrote — almost a year 
ago — that she's still working and enjoying it. 
She said Louise Nelson Redd was temporarily 
in Pennsylvania where her daughter had 
just presented her with the first grandchild. 
Louise apparently lives in Florida now. Lucy 
Shirley Otis and Leon spent Thanksgiving 
'73 with their daughter. Lucy (SBC '63) and 
her husband and their new baby, in Char- 
lotte. (Another first grandchild!) Son, Bill 
Otis, was due home (Wynnewood, Pa.) for 
Christmas and was to graduate from Stan- 
ford Law School in June. 

Evelyn Ware Saunders' husband died in 
March of '73 not long after they had their 
first grandchild. Serena Ailes Stevens men- 
tioned that they've been traveling a lot. as 
I described in this column a year ago. and 


then she said they were starting '74 with a 
two week cruise to the western Caribbean 
with the National EngUsh-Speaking Union. 
Later news mentioned trips to New Orleans. 
Toronto, and Stratford Ontario; two weeks 
cruising the Gaspe area, and five weeks this 
fall in France, Italy and Switzerland. 
Josephine Reid Stubbs wrote that Serena 
and her husband had visited them in late 
March when Serena's husband gave a lec- 
ture on Thailand to the English-Speaking 
Union in Kansas City. The Stubbs were in 
the Orient in May of '73 and they had spent 
a month in Mexico in February. 

Marjorie Sturges Moose said on her Alum- 
nae Fund contribution envelope that she'd 
been traveling a lot in '73 — to Germany, 
Austria. Switzerland for five weeks with 27 
high school kids and two other chaperones. 
"I drove a VW bus over hill and dale; ten 
days later, to Hawaii to see Mother (a ten- 
der 97), and this Christmas Russell, Jr., 
and III, and I spent the vacation days in 
Hawaii. Am still teaching Latin — can't turn 
the kids off!" Delma Chambers Glazier 
wrote that they have retired back to Balti- 
more, and they have two daughters and six 
grandchildren. r«o of whom are in college. 
Elizabeth Saunders Ramsey and her hus- 
band and daughter were leaving in early 
June for a holiday in Hawaii and returning 
in time to celebrate her father's 94th birth- 
day in July in D.C. 

Lisle Turner says she has "retired from 
the teaching scramble, and together with my 
dog, returned to Tennessee to live," Myra 
Marshall Brush was going to Winston- 
Salem in April to baby-sit with her grand- 
daughter whose parents were going to the 
wedding of a SBC '62 girl. 

Mary Moss Sutliff was really on the beam 
when she wrote that Georgie Wilson Mock- 
ridge visited last fall and "promised to go 
with me for our 45th reunion — see you in 
1975!" Her fund envelope added, "With the 
birth of David Baker Powell Oct. 30. 1974, 
in Baltimore and adoption last August of 
Robin K. Sutliff of Brewton, Ala.. Bob and 
1 now have 11 grandchildren between us!" 

Mary Bruce Daily Dawson wrote this 
August that they had just moved to Sun 
City, Ariz, "1 enjoy reading the Sweet Briar 
Alumnae publications and would hate to 
miss getting them, especially the news of the 
class of '30, Our Louisiana farm house got 
bigger and bigger and the different levels 
of the house higher, and we had made many 
trips through the West and had stopped 
here several times; so last fall we decided 
to have a house built that was much smaller 
— three bedrooms, etc. so anybody who 
comes out around Phoenix, this old Ken- 
tucky Gal has finally landed here, after 
living in Aruba. Cuba, Louisiana, and other 

Liz Copeland Norfleet wrote about Betsy 
Williams Gilmore's husband's death in 
Charlottesville last December, And in mid- 
January a wonderful letter came from Betsy, 
enclosing a clipping about the new con- 
struction of a cottage for twelve boys at 
Patrick Henry Boys Plantation near Brook- 
neal, Va. It's being financed with contri- 
butions from several sources, including the 
Dr. Louis Philip Bailey Memorial Fund. Dr. 
Bailey, who died in '73. was our Telia Barks- 
dale's husband, and the news item concludes 
that Dr. Bailey, a physician and civic leader. 
was long a friend and benefactor of the 
Patrick Henry Boys Plantation. Betsy says 


this tribute is "quite appropriate; Louis 
was the Plantation's doctor for years, until 
illness made him retire. And I'm sure it 
was just another one of his charities — the 
list of memorials took up an entire page." 
Betsy planned a brief trip to Florida later 
on in the winter. I surely hope she and Liz 
will be at SBC for our 45th! 

Cagey Woodworih Wilkin wrote in June 
that she's thinking about South America 
this winter. "I really would like to go to 
Greece, but that trip leaves just as our golf 
starts and I hate to miss any of that." She 
doesn't talk about it. but 1 happen to have 
heard that she's still playing championship 
golf! Gwen Olcott Writer and her husband 
still come to Maine each summer, and we 
keep hoping to get together. He's retiring 
Nov. 1 — he's a lawyer and a judge. 

An intriguing change of address card 
came through from the Alumnae Office for 
Emma Riely Lemaire. Apparently they've 
finished building their house in PortugaJ 
and have moved in. The address is "Casa 
Ancoradouro. Herdade do Funchal. Lagos- 
Algarve. Portugal!" Hope she'll hop a plane 
back for reunion! 

While 1 was at Alumnae Council last 
month. Julia Sadler de Coligny '34 conducted 
an excellent workshop on estate planning, 
and I found it very interesting, especially 
since Julia has a sparkling sense of humor. 
She pointed out some ways in which alumnae 
can sort of save money by giving to Sweet 
Briar on a deferred basis. Like it or not, 
we of 1930 are getting to the stage where 
we have to do some sensible planning about 
whatever assets there may be to leave be- 

One other special subject that the Council 
meetings emphasized was Sweet Briar's 
75th Anniversary coming up in 1976! (In 
case you've forgotten. Sweet Briar was 
founded in 1901!) There are a lot of wonder- 
ful plans under way in preparation for the 
anniversary year, and I'm sure our reunion- 
time in '75 will take on even more zest be- 
cause of the college's upcoming anniversary. 

So. as 1 said before, please plan now to 
make a bee-line to SBC for the last week- 
end in May! Write to your special friends 
and ask them to come, too. And if you can. 
please write to Jean Saunders or me by the 
middle of March to say you're coming, be- 
cause 1 hope we can send out an up-to-date 
newsletter about Reunion plans, and about 
who's hoping to come, to everybody in our 
class, in April, That should create some 
additional enthusiasm and persuade even 
more of us that we don't want to miss the 
old-time fun of Reunion at SBC in 1975! 



Hester Vail Kraemer Avery (Mrs. James T.) 
9005 Vernon View Dr., Alexandria, Va. 

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I did 
get an avalanche of replies to my recent 
letter — thirty-one in all. Will use all that I 
can include in my space limitations. For 
Your Information; Each class is permitted 
only one news letter a year on a regularly 

assigned basis. 

Lucy Hoblitzell is about to retire after 24 
years teaching in the Montgomery County, 
Md.. schools. She recently had four delight- 
ful days visiting with Helen Mac and Dan 
Boone in Little Switzerland, stopping by 
Sweet Briar en route. She envies the students 
with the many new additions to the campus. 
The highspot of the campus visit was a chat 
with an old favorite. Miss Harriet Rogers. 
Lucy also visited Martha Neunschwander 
Founds, and talked with Sue Wilson Ruther- 
ford. Evidently it was a rewarding talk, be- 
cause I heard from Sue that she and Lucy, 
plus Jean Imbrie Frey, and Virginia Gott 
Gilbert are hoping to make our Fortieth. 

Mary Marks writes that she spent her 
so-called vacation moving into a new con- 
dominum, the Tower Villas, in Arlington, 
Va, Now that is one vacation 1 don't have 
to envy. 

Ann Baker Gerhart's husband has re- 
cently retired from P. P. G. Industries, and 
they are moving to Pittsburgh, where hus- 
band Howard will take up a new position as 
Adjunct Professor at Carnegie-Mellon Univ. 
Glad you'll be there. Anne, because we fre- 
quently visit in Pittsburgh. Anne's youngest. 
Bruce, a graduate student in chemistry at 
V.P,I., will be married in December, the 
last of four to establish a home. There is 
also a lawyer son in New York, a minister 
son in Pittsburgh, and a married daughter 
in Columbus. Ohio. There are three grand- 
children — she didn't say where. 

It was really great to hear from my one- 
time roommate. Alice Laubach. Come meet 
me at reunion, Alice. Really sad to learn of 
her father's death. I remember him well as 
just the dearest man. Alice just had a week's 
vacation at Pawley's Island, S.C. And this 
past summer she traveled over my favorite 
countries, the Swiss Alps. Italy. Austria. 
Germany and Holland. 

Had news from Roberta Cope Gerlach 
and also a card from Catherine Taylor 
Manning about Roberta. It seems that 
Catherine went to the wedding of her god- 
daughter, who is Roberta's younger girl, and 
reports that the bride's parents seemed so 
happy. And Roberta reinforced this by say- 
ing both their daughters are married, and 
they really like their two sons-in-law. One 
couple lives in Tarrviown. N.Y.. and the 
other outside of Baltimore. There are also 
two grandchildren. Lori and Kristopher. 
Roberta and Clint are doing a lot of travel- 
ing. Last summer they visited the Channel 
Islands. Brittany and Normandy, proud to 
use a little of their college French. 

Catherine Manning has also seen Mary 
Tenipleton for a fun shopping tour, lobster 
lunch and swim. I am a little confused where 
this took place, since Catherine lives in 
Connecticut and Mary in Buffalo, and they 
swam at Lee Heritage Village. If they'll 
just come to reunion, we can get it straight- 
end out. 

Eleanor Townsend Rector says she leads 
such an uneventful life that she never sends 
in news items. But her note was lovely. She 
has a married daughter with a boy and a 
girl; a married son with a son; and senior-in- 
high school daughter. She plays golf with 
Ray Adler Cochran and bridge with Eugenia 
Peek Johnson. They have a summer in 
Ludington. Mich., where she sees a lot of 
Pood Morrison Ruddell Eleanor has taken 
up water color recently but would still 
rather play tennis than anything. 

So glad to hear we have classmates in 
Concord. N.H. We travel that way often to 
visit V.M.I, friends at Grantham, south of 
Lebanon. Helen Carrulhers Hackwell oc- 
casionally sees Ruth Gill Wickens. Helen's 
husband is an Episcopal clergyman who does 
some counselling with doctors, works with 
alcoholics and has a small mission on Sun- 
days. Both son and daughter are married, 
with one grandchild on the way. and another 
(a grandson) who is two and a half and 
adored by his maternal grandparents. 

Jackie Strickland Dwelle truly hopes to be 
on hand for the 40th. She had Lida Read 
Voigt Young and husband for dinner en 
route to Amelia Island. Jackie took off for 
Atlanta for an Episcopal Renewal Con- 
ference in October, and then on to North 
Carolina to renew her soul, see the autumn 
leaves, and play some golf. She'll return via 
Charleston to see her S.B. daughter, who 
married an Episcopal minister on Aug. 10. 
Fourteen Sweet Briar girls attended the 

Marie Schroeder Packard retired from 
teaching three years ago and. like many of 
us now, is almost finding enough time to 
do the things she wants. The Packards 
wintered in Portugal last year and expect 
to go to Spain this year. Summers are taken 
up with golf, hooking rugs and painting 

Charlotte Olmsted Kursh is currently a 
Research Associate in the Dept. of Anthro- 
pology at Stanford, and is properly proud 
of the fact that she. along with a co-author, 
have an article on So. Pacific navigation in 
the current issue of Current Anthropology. 
She and Maurice plan to spend their win- 
ters in Mexico, more or less permanently. 
All the children are flourishing, with a new 
grandchild expected this month. Charlotte 
was also working actively for the McCloskey 
Congressional campaign. 

Bright Bickerstaff West has had a busy 
year, moving into a new home, traveling to 
Delray Beach. Fla.. visiting their old cabin in 
the North Georgia mountains — all this be- 
tween bouts of surgery, dental and eye. In 
her spare time she works on church bazaars 
and does needlepoint. 

While the rest of us are relaxing (?) and 
enjoying retirement, Frances Spiller Mer- 
rill has become a vice-president of the Bank 
of Fort Worth. She is happy that her son 
has completed his obstetrics-gynecology in- 
ternship at Bexar (1 hear they pronounce it 
bear in Texas) County Hospital in San An- 
tonio. Frances occasionally does a Faith 
Alive weekend. 

Katherine James Hall claims to be another 
little old lady in tennis shoes — playing with 
husband Jack two or three times a week, 
summer and winter — particularly when they 
are at their house at John's Island, Vero 
Beach, Fla. They have two married children, 
a son and a daughter, who both live in St. 

Sallie Flint von Kann has worked on en- 
thusiastically with the Total Environment 
Group, which helped get out the new Eco- 
tactics Guide for the D.C. area. She had a 
wonderful summer with six weeks in Ver- 
mont, back to D.C. for her son's wedding in 
August, then three weeks on Long Island 
and a week on the Chesapeake. She plans 
to continue English Conversation with For- 
eigners, and other volunteer activities. 

This year has been a full one for Barbara 
Benzinger Lindsley — many pleasant golf trips 

with husband at Hilton Head and Palm 
Desert — also a family vacation with three 
grandchildren at Sea Pines. Hilton Head. 
She baby-sat for one son on his move from 
Walter Reed Army Hospital (doctor on 
Army duty) to the Kansas Univ. Medical 
Center at Kansas City. Another son, an 
architect, lives in Kansas City. And their 
married daughter and husband, plus one 
granddaughter, live in Wichita. Barbara and 
husband. Herb, are just back from a three 
weeks tour of Eastern Europe. 

Had a witty note from Lav Dillon Wintzer, 
from Montchanin, Del. They spend part of 
the summer in Elkhard Lake, Wis. in an 
old Victorian house her husband inherited 
— usually Memorial Day weekend — but 
would love to come to the 40th. She has a 
son. Fred, a security analyst, in Pittsburgh; 
middle son, Charlie, married and living in 
Park City. Utah; and a daughter, Eliza, 
studying at the Culinary Institute of 

Jane Bryant Hurlbert writes from Wel- 
lesley. Mass. (we were through there two 
weeks ago) that she has been working in a 
local book store for about six years and 
loves it. Her husband took early retirement 
from Ludlow Corp. and now has his own 
business, which he loves — textile specialities, 
mostly jute and flax. Lest this seem all work 
and no play, they get to the Caribbean and 
Europe yearly. The four children are all on 
their own. Susan works with autistic children 
in Chatham. Mass. Son Dick is married and 
lives in Brookline. Cynthia is married and 
has two lovely daughters, six and four. 
Stuart, the oldest, is Assoc. Prof, of Ecology 
at San Diego State Univ., married, and has 
a two year old son. 

Greetings came from both Harriet Taylor 
1^0 and Genevieve Howell Gist about a visit 
together in Kansas City. Harriet has been 
living in Houston for sixteen years and plans 
to retire there in their townhouse that they 
love. They have a son in Houston, a daughter 
in California and a daughter in Colorado. 
Harriet plays a lot of golf and just enjoys 
Houston so much. Gen and Harriet had 
both just returned from separate trips to 
Spain. Gen's five children are scattered near 
and far, and have produced "only three 
grandchildren." She visits them often and 
was en route to Denver to visit a daughter 
as she wrote. Seems so many of our children 
settle in Colorado — we have two there our- 
selves — a married daughter in Fort Collins, 
and a freshman son at Univ. of Denver. 

Isabel Scriba says she thinks she should 
feel guilty over her lack of accomplishment, 
but thoroughly enjoys her life of leisure — 
and would be happy to see anyone who 
comes her way — Garden City, L.I. 

It's hard to keep up with Gen Grossman 
Stevens, because she and her husband man- 
age Mobile Home Parks and they go where 
needed. They are now at Bayside Estates, 
Ft. Myers Beach. Fla. Says the weather is 
beautiful and sunny — when we get cold, just 
pack along a boat, a fishing pole and a pair 
of tennis shoes (she still plays) and stop in 
and say hello. She has three granddaughters, 
one in Switzerland, which she says isn't 
fair — too far away. But one of these days. 

Another lover of Germany and Austria is 
Isabel Anderson Comer who attended a 
meeting in Venice. Italy, with her husband — 
International Cotton and Allied Textiles — 
then journeyed into Austria — particularly en- 
joyed the train trip from Vienna to Munich 

— but also glad to get back to children and 

Had a lovely long letter from Virginia 
Gunningham Brooks, who says she feels out 
of touch with Sweet Briar, having lived in 
the environs of San Francisco so long. Her 
three children went to western colleges — 
Willamette Univ., Stanford and Univ. of 
California. The whole family has a great 
interest in archeology due to their many 
travels, and one son is pursuing this at the 
Univ. of Pa. They spend their winters in 
their home at Palm Springs. On annual 
trips to New York she sees Billie Grane 
Goodfellow and sometimes Jane Bryant 
Hurlbert in Wellesley. Four grandchildren 
nearby keep her "young at heart." 

Mary Whipple Clark sent little news of 
herself, other than they spend their winters 
in Naples, Florida, and her husband had a 
successful hip replacement. But there's 
lots about the three children: older daughter 
is an opera singer, married to a neurologist 
at Johns Hopkins, and has two children; a 
married son. a writer, who lives in California; 
and a younger daughter married to an archi- 
tect, living in Vermont with one and a half 
children — she also raises horses. Would very 
much like to have word from her room- 
mate. Laurie Virginia Babbitt Shuffle. 

Another Florida resident (Vero Beach) is 
Pat Williams Rand. Since her husband's 
retirement from Sylvania Electric in 1971, 
they have made their home there in spite 
of having six grandchildren elsewhere, two 
in Houston, two in New York and two in 

If all goes well with her new house in 
Clover. S.C., Gee Gee Morgan Mowry will 
try to get to reunion, and invites all class- 
mates to stop by en route to Sweet Briar. 
They hope to be in the house next April. In 
the meantime they are living at 20 E. 35th 
St., New York, and enjoying the rare plea- 
sure of walking home from the theatre. In 
between house moves, they'll spend a month 
in their house in Spain. They are pleased 
and proud that their younger daughter, 
Frankie, will be ordained the end of October 
in Exeter. N.H., where she is an Assistant 
Chaplain and teacher at the Phillips Exeter 

Judy Peterkin does travel a lot. but she 
says it's not very glamorous, because it's part 
of her job as a member of the Girl Scout 
National Field Staff. She's based in Kansas 
City and mostly serves Arkansas and Ne- 
braska, with an occasional trip to New York, 
where she will be in early November. She 
hopes to see Ann Spiers Jessup. 

Like others of us. it staggers Martha 
Jane Gipe Smith to realize we'll soon be 
celebrating our 40th. She is teaching in an 
inner-city school and hopes she is doing 
some good there — interesting work but 
strenuous. Martha Jane had a trip to Yugos- 
lavia and a bit of Turkey on her last va- 
cation and enjoyed it immensely, especially 
getting a peek at Istanbul and the Blue 
Mosque. Incidentally, she reports that her 
granddaughter's favorite bedtime song is 
"Sitting on the Golden Stairs." 

A card from Cary Burwell Carter reports 
that her Nick is still head of Montgomery 
Bell Academy and she is still teaching An- 
cient History, wnich she thinks is very ap- 
propriate, considering our 40th is coming up. 
She finally made it to both Greece and 
Italy, although she was chaperoning 45 girls 
and boys — great fun. She saw Natalae 5rr(c/r- 


land Waters in Atlanta recently; Natalae was 
about to give a luncheon for 500 National 
Garden Club delegates. Also. Natalae. 
Beveley Hill Furniss and Hoce Bullard are 
planning a houseparty. 

Mary Jane Hasn'ngs Durfee and husband 
are very settled "retirees" in Cuernavaca. 
Mexico, the beautiful city of "eternal spring- 
time." They do travel a lot and think the 
trip to Reunion is a beautiful idea. 

Helen Wolcott wrote just before a vacation 
in Hawaii she's anticipating with pleasure. 
She tried to coax Sue Sirassburger Ander- 
son, who lives in Portland. Ore., to meet her 
in San Francisco, but their schedules didn't 

The big news from Mary Honeywell Dodds 
was the wedding of her daughter last July. 
Her travels consisted of visiting their son. 
his wife, and vxo children in Richmond. Va., 
and an older son. his wife and two children 
in Knoxville. Tenn. — plus a visit with a 
daughter in Miami. 

Annette Morris Hall is enjoying country 
life in Maryland and travel in the Scandina- 
vian countries and Russia, including the fab- 
ulous Hermitage. She also notes that the 
U.Va. Law Library will be named for her 
late father. Arthur J. Morris. 

And the last of my cards is one from our 
Class President (1970-75), Mary Lou Saul 
Hunt — except that poor Mary Lou didn't 
know she was president until I 'phoned her 
from a friend's house in Salem last Sunday. 
It seems that the six of us at the 1970 re- 
union unanimously elected her, but Broun 
forgot to tell her. I'm sure she'll arrange a 
fine reunion for us. with the expert help of 
the Alumnae Asso. Janet Kimball Miller 
visited Mary Lou last May and the two had 
a great time catching up after 32 years. 
Mary Lou has two sons in D.C. area. Bob. 
a lawyer, is with McNutt. Dudley and Easter- 
wood. Kellog, in addition to having two 
girls who are the greatest, is a doctor at 
Walter Reed, chief of the Pulmonary Disease 
Dept. He lives in Rockville, Md. 

That leaves "ich." And I could write a 
book — but won't. We took our youngest. 
Bob. to Univ. of Denver in September, visit- 
ing our only daughter. Nancy, in Fort Col- 
lins, staying at my Shangri-La, the Broad- 
moor at Colorado Springs, a few days, visit- 
ing great skiing and golfing friends in Lit- 
tleton, then wended our way back to Alex- 
andria. Thirty-two years of child care and 
responsibility are behind us. Jimmie re- 
tired four years ago from the Army, and 
we are carefree. And I love it! I'm so afraid 
my son will find out I don't miss him too 
much. In October we had another trip to 
Boston where two married sons live, one 
with two children. I've written about them 
before. Also visited good VMl friends in 
Grantham, N.H. And even had a trip up to 
Bar Harbor, Maine, my first to Maine. Now 
we are attending all the home games at 
VMI, staying with friends for the weekend. 

I still do a few duties — Episcopal Church. 
Alumnae Representative. American-Austrian 
Society, Garden Club — and this one of being 
your Class Secretary. I have truly loved 
hearing from all of you — you conveyed so 
much warmth and good feeling. One per- 
son indicated she loathed reunions, but I 
really do enjoy renewing old friendships, 
and look forward to seeing many of you 
next May. If I can help you get together 
with classmates in your area. I'll try, be- 
cause I do have a card file on all of you. 


Do please give me your maiden name if you 
write because that's the way the file is ar- 
ranged. Christmas will be past, and the New 
Year. too. when the Winter Issue comes out. 
but I do hope the holidays were wonderful 
for all of you. God Bless! 


Retiring Secretary 

Margaret Dowell Cochran (Mrs. John P.). 
1701 Forest Lane. McLean. Va. 22101. 
New Secretary 

Georgia Herbert Hart (Mrs. George C), 
2401 Wilmot Ave., Columbia, S.C. 29205. 

The preponderance of news in the Class of 
1940 is of grandchildren and graduations — 
happy and rewarding tid-bits to pass on to 
you for mutual rejoicing. 

Among the new and not-so-new grand- 
parents is Reba Smith Gromel. who busies 
herself with church and golf activities and 
whose son, the daddy of Kimy. is practicing 
law in Richmond and whose daughter, Pat, 
the mother of 2-year old Heather, lives only 
an hour and a half away in New' Jersey. 

Irene VonGehr Vincent, still of Bain- 
bridge Island, has' also joined the ranks of 
grandparents and visited John Leonard 
Brottem IV in Juneau, Alaska, where he lives 
with his mother, Bronwyn, and dad, a doctor 
at the P.H.S. Eldest daughter. Jamini, and 
husband Gregg still live in Cambridge, 
where Irene went to a crash course on China 
and Chinese Art. John L. Ill, John B. and 
John E. Vincent hunted together in Alaska 
where they bagged a goat and young John 
also bagged a deer, a six pointer, on the 
Olympic Peninsula. Junda is a student at 
Santa Barbara City College "bagging" A's! 

Anne Conani Weaver writes that she has 
rid herself of her inhibitions with a year-old 
grandson in Denver where she is living 
between Rocky Mountain National Park and 
a beautiful lake. The other grandchild is on 
Long Island. New York. 

Clara Neel. RN. of Pompano. Fla.. and 
loving it, became an instant grandmother 
when her Navy son married the mother of a 
three year old daughter. Her younger son. 
William, is just back from Sicily. 

Mary Petty Johnston Bedell has a beauti- 
ful grandson only as far away as Alexan- 
dria. Va., where his father. Woody, will be 
teaching at St. Stephens', while Reg and wife 
are in Richmond. Dickson at Hampden Syd- 
ney, and Alan at the Univ. of Arizona. 

Betty Hammer Morrell is proud of her 
granddaughter also a Betty, who may some 
day be a 78 golfer like her grandmother. 

Ruth Beach Robinson's new grandchild 
traveled all the way from Costa Rica so 
they might become acquainted. 

A record for graduations per family must 
go to Emory Gill Williams who records 4 
graduations, one M.A.. one M.D.. one B.A. 
and one graduation from high school. She 
fortified herself with a three-week trip to 
Spain and Portugal in April. 

Hortense Powell Cooper has the same po- 
tential for record graduations among her 
sons, William, a senior at Harvard, James, 
a sophomore and again a Morehead scholar 
at the Univ. of North Carolina, and John, 

who is a senior at Groton. Hortense is active 
in the Ladies Hermitage Association and the 
Board of the Colonial Dames. 

Polly Boze Glascock (or Adelaide to all 
friends of Jim's) had the good fortune to 
witness Scott's graduation from Yale with 
Jim who was a recent graduate from the 
local hospital. Best wishes from 1940 for 
continued health and happiness and good 
luck to Scott. 

Busy as ever are some of our industrious 
classmates — Ann Sims, active as Reader Ad- 
visor for the Public Library, active in her 
drama study group and working in needle- 
point and ceramics; Mildred Moon Mon- 
tague, working diligently for Big Brothers of 
America and Big Sisters International and 
requesting that you contact them at 224 
Suburban Office Building, Philadelphia, 
Pa.. 19103 if you have no agency in your 

A personal visit to Mariana Bush King 
found her working hard at furniture restor- 
ation. She and Bobby have a beautiful fam- 
ily. The visit was delightful and Mariana 
much the same as in Sweet Briar days. 

Jane Bush Long and Eleanor Bosworth 
Badal also have busy happy families and 
have joined the rest of us proud grand- 

Cynthia Noland Young writes of a re- 
cord group of students — Elizabeth, married 
and working on her Ph.D. in Clinical 
Psychology; Ann. teaching at Middlebury. 
where she received her M.A. in German; 
Mary, on freshman honors list at Wellesley; 
Lucy, MDSN 3/C NROTC at Perdue, the 
outstanding freshman in this first group of 
women NROTC; Doug, in 5th grade, and 
Bill, Lt. USN overseas. Karl has left 6th 
grade teaching and is with Sorvall, a Dupont 

Clara Call Frazier writes. "Bill has just 
retired as President of Cole of California 
and we have bought three 'Nutrition Stores' 
with sons Norman and Dan doing the man- 
aging .... It is a bit of a shock but our 
twins (13 years) are behaving much better 
these days!" 

Mildred Mitchell Gillis and husband have 
left Cape Cod and reside in Ormand Beach. 
Fla.. where Watson manages an oceanfront 

A special "graduation" of great impor- 
tance to the Class of 1940 is that of Jackie 
Sexton Daley and her husband. Rev. John, 
who celebrated 25 years of ministry to the 
Good Shepherd Church, Belmont, Calif. 
Their ministry extended far beyond the 
parish life. In 1%9 Father John was chosen 
Man of the Year by the Belmont Chamber 
of Commerce. He was Chaplain at the Alex- 
ander and Twin Pines Sanitaria (now Bel- 
mont Hills). His work with children was ex- 
tensive, ministering to the patients at the 
Hassler TB Foundation, the County Child- 
ren's Home in San Mateo, and the LaHonda 
Boys' Home. Father Daley and Jackie have 
four wonderful children and two grand- 
children. We wish them many more years of 
thoughful service. 

We are a great class. Do let us have more 
news from some of you silent members. 

Margaret Dowell Cochran 

As a new correspondent let me identify 
myself. I was Georgia Hull Herbert, now 
Mrs. George Childs Hart, always of Colum- 
bia. South Carolina. You may remember me 
best as a freshman playing on the 7th hockey 
team or as a senior picnicing in the Dell. 

There were many other nostalgic associ- 

Since receiving the class roll I have come 
up with a few statistics, and look forward to 
gathering some more. Of 176 members. 160 
have married and 16 have not. Along the way 
22 have become "lost" meaning we don't 
know where they are or what has happened 
to them and 9 are deceased. Among the 
"lost" are Mrs. Mary Lee Settle, an auburn- 
haired class beauty and Mrs. Francis New- 
ton — Louise Patrick — who had a lovely bell- 
like singing voice. Louise consoled the sick 
by reading A. A. Milne aloud. Perhaps some- 
one can provide information about those two 
as well as the following: Mrs. Benjamin B. 
Aycock. Jr. (Kathleen "Mollie" Asbury); 
Mrs. William R. Katzenberg (Audree 
Boehin): Mrs. John W. Waddill (Joan Boye); 
Mrs. Leroy L. Gaede (Elizabeth Calveard): 
Mrs. James C. Fausch (Marjorie Carr); 
Louise M. Donald; Mrs. Frederick L. Schoew 
(Lucretia Gieske); Jane Houpt; Helen V. 
Larmon; Mrs. David E. Rounds (Helen 
OBrien); Mrs. Richard L. White (Ruth 
Osborne); Mrs. Robert E. Perry (Marjorie 
Peggs); Barbara Rainsford; Mrs. William H. 
Huxel, Jr. (Ruth Reuss); Janetta A. Smith; 
Priscilla Tatro; Mrs. C. G. Hall (Joan 
Thonet): Mrs. Thrasher T. Gray (Elizabeth 
Torrey): Mrs. Donald Willman (Jean Tyree); 
Mrs. Warren Griggs (Mary Warren). 

News notes have come to me from several 
alumnae. Eleanor Bosworth Badal writes, 
"There is never a dull or leisurely moment 
at our pad. I'm working full time as Di- 
rector of Social Service at Health Hill Hos- 
pital as the hospital expands its service to 
the abused child. With our combined family 
of six children we are busy writing since 
four are out of town. One daughter has a 
son born on New Years Day. Another daugh- 
ter left for Bristol. England, with her hus- 
band and 6-year-oId son. Another grand- 
child is on the way. Our youngest completed 
her freshman year at Rochester Institute of 
Technology in photography. Dan is back to 
health after major surgery and working full 

Alice Gass Dornberger writes; "We sold 
our home in Ft. Lauderdale. Fla., toured 
England this spring, and are going to try 
our longed-for country life for a year to see 
how it goes. My husband will teach medi- 
cine part time and I'll be busy with our new 
farm, complete with cows, a horse, a goat, 
chickens, vegetables, etc." 

From Jacqueline Sexton Daley comes the 
following: "It's been a rough year. In May 
Jack had a very serious heart attack; his 
heart was so badly damaged that in October 
he had open heart surgery — four arterial 
by-passes. What wonders they do at Stan- 
ford and how lucky we are to live so near! 
He is recovering quickly and everything 
seems to be fine . . . ." 

Betty Hammer Morrell writes, "Both 
children are married and live in Oakland, 
Calif., too far from me at North Myrtle 
Beach, S.C. Don and I still loving semi- 
retirement. Our handicaps are down — his to 
5. mine to 13. Great golfing at the beach." 

It would be fun to know how many play 
golf, tennis, farm, hold public office — and 
contribute to the National Cathedral. When 
we get around to a questionnaire of course 
it will include space for grandchildren! I 
am off right now to welcome a new one 
into this world (my third) in Birmingham, 



Anna Mary Chidesier Heywood (Mrs. 

William H.," Jr.), 4369 Indian' Rd.. Toledo, 

Ohio 43615. 

Fund Agent 

Ruth Longmire Wagner (Mrs. Willard B., 

Jr,), 5621 Candlewood Dr.. Houston, Tex, 


Since the date for our slot in the Alumnae 
News has been shifted from April to Novem- 
ber, this will be a short set of notes for the 
Class of '45. Probably the most important 
item is the reminder that in late May of 
1975, we'll celebrate our 30th reunion. I 
urge you all to plan now for a rejuvenating 
get-to-gether at Sweet Briar. 

Frances Matlon Williams has moved from 
rural Carrollton, Ky., to Louisville where 
her husband, Hugh, is an assistant professor 
of surgery at the Univ. of Louisville Medical 
School. Their married daughter, Mrs. Arie 
LeBuo III, lives in Winchester, Ky.; son 
Morgan is at Tufts Univ.; and son Charles 
is at Loomis School in Connecticut. 

From Nairobi Alice Nicholson Mcllvaine 
says her husband is working for the African 
Wildlife Leadership Foundation. This Ameri- 
can funded outfit is trying to save Africa's 
wildlife and natural heritage. "Steve" says 
they don't miss the diplomatic life at all. 
She is busy as a museum guide and is in- 
volved in a new U.N. environment program 
there, plus enjoying the perfect climate and 
two small children. Grace (Ticky) Clark 
Farrell stopped to see them recently. 

Betty Aven Duff writes that son Frank, 
Jr., is head of the warehouse for Duff 
Brothers, while Avery is a sophomore at 
Georgetown Law School. Her youngest, 
Elizabeth is at G.P.S. there in Chattanooga. 

From "Virginia Beach Lyn Dillard Grones 
tells of daughter Linda who graduated from 
Stephens College in December. 1973 and is 
an assistant bank examiner in St. Louis. 
Keedie. a junior at SBC was elected head of 
riding for '74-75. Kathie by now is a senior 
at Stuart Hall. 

Plans to attend our reunion in '75 were 
mentioned by Mary K. Frye Hemphill. 
Their daughter Kathryn Hemphill Shuford, 
SBC '68, received a degree in clinical psycho- 
logy in May, 1974, and is working as a clini- 
cal psychologist at the Mental Health Cen- 
ter in Hickory. Todd, their youngest, is a 
freshman at Dartmouth this fall. 

Martha Holton Glesser gives us the fol- 
lowing up-date on their three sons. Cary is 
in dental school at the Univ. of Detroit. 
Having graduated from Annapolis last June, 
Tom is flying jets for the Navy in Texas. Jack 
is a sophomore at Northern Michigan State 
Univ. in the U.P. (Upper Peninsula, for the 

Cappy Price Bass writes, "We loved the 
S.B. trip to Greece in Dec, '73, ditto for 
Copenhagen in May of '74, and are ser- 
iously considering Ireland in April of '75! 
The trips are great, and the people even 

From Dale Sayler Morgan comes this 
word: "Had a marvelous visit with my 
brother Henry and his wife, Wyline Chap- 
man Sayler in St. Petersburg, Fla. last 
February. Hilda Hude Chapin and her hus- 

band Ed (Chattanooga) joined us — much 
fun reminiscing." 

Bill and 1 enjoyed August in Ocean City, 
N.J,, with all six of our children, three in- 
laws and four grandchildren there serially. 
Our son, John, who graduated from Dart- 
mouth in June, is working for Manufac- 
turer's Hanover Bank in New York City. 

Once more let's remember to put our 
30th reunion on our calendars for next May 
— and bring lots of pictures. 



Polly Vandeventer Saunders (Mrs. Robert 

M.), 16 Shirley Rd., Newport News. Va. 


Fund Agent 

Elinor Clement Littleton (Mrs. Frederick C), 

407 Woodland Ave., Wayne, Pa. 19087. 

What lovely response there was this time 
— in fact at the moment I feel slightly 
swamped. The postal cards are a good idea. 
Thank you. Your efforts are about to be 
rewarded! Lets start out in Calif, with Jesse 
Strickland Elcock. Jessie and family moved 
from Greenwich, Conn., to Los Angeles in 
June. She loves it and says Walter is just 
minutes from his office in Century City, 
a nice switch after commuting in the East, 
Their oldest son Walter III is a banker in 
Greensboro, N.C., and has a precious wife 
and daughter. The next is Jessie who married 
"an angel," "Vance Brawley (if names are 
wrong it is handwriting difficulties!), also a 
banker who lives in Atlanta. Jessie and 
Vance have 2 boys who recently visited 
"Grandma." Nancy, another daughter, is a 
Hollins graduate with Chubb and Sons in 
Atlanta, and Claire, the youngest, is a Vassar 
sophomore. Jessie is, so far, uninvolved but 
feels the tug of hospital work. On up the 
Coast to the San Francisco Bay area to 
Belvedere, for a visit with Pat Groesbeck 
Gordon, who is back in the same area after 
20 moves ("I hope this is the last"). Their 
oldest boy is R. T. Gordon, III, who is a 
junior at Stanford, Lindsay, her second son, 
is 13 and started high school there this 

Going eastward now let's see Bami Rollins 
Napier in Mexico, Mo. Bami has recently 
been college-hopping through Tenn., N.C. 
and Va. Her Julie is a high school senior. 
They did get to SBC and found it is beauti- 
ful as ever. She hears from Allison Buchanan 
Herbertson in Glasgow. Scotland, who plans 
to come to our 30th reunion! In Prospect. 
111., Libba Fruit Metzenthin has recently had 
two weddings; one was her son Jim's in '73 
in St. Louis and the other, also in St. Louis, 
her daughter Emily's in '74. Her daughter 
Margaret is at DePauw Univ. in Greencastle. 
Libba recently heard from Mary Moss Madi- 
son Henderson in Shreveport who reported 
that her Frances is a senior at Emerson in 
Boston. Mary Moss had plans to see Jane 
Richardson Virth in Washington. 

Our next stop is in Birmingham, Mich., to 
see Clara Nichol Moore. She probably won't 
be home because she is Al's secretary and 
is also giving historical slide programs in 
the schools under the auspices of the Colon- 
ial Dames. She is writing a third one on 
The History of Detroit and will be conduct- 


ing a workshop at the Colonial Dames Bicen- 
tennial Conference in Washington on how to 
create a historical slide program. Clara 
writes that she will "skip the boys this time." 
In Granville. Ohio, Barcy Kennedy Neel 
has a senior. Drew, at Ohio State where he 
is majoring in archeology, and David, a sen- 
ior in high school where he was the only 
junior elected to Who's Who in High 
Schools. He hopes to go to U.Va. or W. & L. 
and study law. Sarah is a junior in high 
school and involved in activities there. Barcy, 
whom they call "Boo," is an eighth grader 
who wants to go to SBC and keeps busy 
with her horse. Barcy was planning to visit 
her brother in Portland and then go on to 
Seattle to visit Mary Vinton Fleming. She 
is busy being a garden clubber, raising 
money for the hospital and being a vestry- 
woman along with her husband, who is busy 
being a vestryman. 

In Muncy, Pa., we find Sally Bubh Bruch 
whose daughter Susan has graduated from 
New England College and Katie Gibbs and 
is now working at U.Va. Medical School. 
John III has graduated from Deerfield Aca- 
demy and is a freshman at W. i L. Ann, 
16, is in her second year at Mercersburg. 

In Charleston, W.Va., Mary Jane Lively 
Hoffman is working as Program Analysis 
and Administrative Services Coordinator for 
the W.Va. Board of Regents. Number 1 son, 
Pete, is now an Assist. Attorney General 
there in Charleston and has two children, 
a boy and a girl. Her middle son, Charlie, 
is at Marshall University after four years 
in the Navy and is studying Speech Patho- 
logy and Audiology. He has one child, a 
daughter. Scott, the youngest, is at W.Va. 
Univ., a sophomore in Journalism. 

On to Louisville, Ky., to see Wally Evans 
Landrum, whose husband is head of Metro 
United Way this season; so they are busy. 
Wally's interests are with the Cancer So- 
ciety for the most part: she works with vol- 
unteers at Breast Cancer Demonstration 
Project. She has three children. Her oldest, 
a son, is business mgr. of a theater in Lake 
Forest. Her daughter, living in Chapel Hill, 
is married to a Ph.D. in Psychology and has 
her Masters in the same field. Her second 
son is in High School in Louisville. 

Down in Knoxville we find Betsy Bow- 
man Townsend with all four children in 
college. Roody is at the Univ. of Tenn.: Sally 
is at UNC and Audrey is a freshman at 
SBC. Her twin brother Bowman is a fresh- 
man at Sewanee. "Nothing like it!" says 
Betsy. Down in Chattanooga Jean Carter Tel- 
ford is most enthusiastic about her marvel- 
ously productive vegetable garden. Her long 
cucumbers were the talk of the neighbor- 
hood. She is working part-time for the 
Smithsonian Institution — at home, not in 

Over in Memphis Jeanne Purham Coors 
has three married daughters. The oldest has 
a 3 year old son; her second is expecting at 
Christmas, and the youngest is in Atlanta 
getting a Masters in English and Linguistics. 
Her youngest daughter is lb. She plays the 
piano and sings. Husband George took up 
flying two years ago, and they were leaving 
in a few days for Destin, Fla. Let's hitch 
a ride with George down to Austin, Tex., to 
see Margo Sibley Lewis, whose married son 
is in his second year of Med. school at 
Washington U. in St. Louis and whose 
daughter is a sophomore at Duke. Margo 


and husband are enjoying traveling and 
golfing; so we had better let them go and 
move on to Charlotte Dinsmoor Olin in Ft. 
Worth. Charlotte is substituting as a school 
librarian. Her oldest child Sarah is now a 
Paralegal and about to start work in Hous- 

Over to Tyler, Tex., let's visit Hallie Tom 
Nixon Powell who recently visited SBC to 
see her daughter Hallie. She loves every- 
thing about our Alma Mater, especially 

Heading East again we come to Mont- 
gomery and Caroline Rudolph Sellers, who 
spent the summer transporting groups of 
family to and from their Destin, Fla., con- 
dominium. (I had a lovely visit with Rudy 
and Phillip last Spring. It was a joy to be 
with them and to watch Rudy function. She 
is a smooth operator and accomplishes 
more in one day than I do in a week! In- 
spiring and discouraging!) Her attractive 
Will is the only young 'un home now. Susan 
is married and lives in Richmond with hus- 
band Hugh Ewing and their new son. Phillip 
is at W. & L. and Ellen at SBC. 

Now on to Columbus. Ga., to call on 
Wistar Walts King. Her son Jack graduated 
from Vanderbilt Law School in May. He is 
practicing law in Nashville where he is 
married to a lovely Nashville girl. Tom is 
also at Vanderbilt after four years at Wood- 
berry Forest. Daughter Langhorne is now in 
graduate school at U.Va. after three years 
at SBC and one at W. & L. Wis writes, "I 
manage to stay very busy and must admit 
that not having all one's children home ain't 
half bad!" (How many agree?) Sarah Mc- 
Diiffie Hardaway lives in Midland, Ga.: I 
can't find it on the map but let's head to- 
ward the middle! Sarah had her first year 
without children and finds advantages too. 
She and Ben hosted the Nat'l. Pony Club 
Rally there at home in July and went to 
England in August. They are looking for- 
ward to good shooting and hunting this 
winter. Daughter Ann is a junior at Fox- 
croft. Susannah is working towards her 
Masters in painting at Columbia Univ. and 
Mary Lu is busy with her son Mason in 

Now down to Tampa to see Dottie Sue 
Caldwell Crowell who spent 8 months of 
"73 in Australia and has spent most of '74 
on the road between Florida and North 
Carolina. They have just completed their 
"Future Retirement Retreat" in North Caro- 
lina. Her Anne graduated from Converse this 
year and now works in Columbia, S.C. 
Daughter Tracy is a junior at Furman and 
son Drew a freshman at Furman. Son David. 
15, is at home. Dottie said that Helen 
Murchison Lane and family took a trip to 
India, "etc." in August. Helen writes that 
Ed, III, is a 1972 W. & L. graduate, is an 
Ensign on a destroyer stationed at the mo- 
ment in Norfolk. Palmer, a 1973 SBC grad- 
uate, is doing graduate work in Art His- 
tory at Tulane Univ. Anna, a 1973 grad- 
uate of Chatham Hall, is a sophomore at 
Colby College in Waterville. Me., and sees 
Miss Miriam Bennett (formerly SBC pro- 
fessor) often. Charlie is a freshman at Tu- 
lane. Carroll Cone Cozart's son recently 
married in Chapel Hill, and daughter Robin 
will marry in Tampa at Thanksgiving. Dottie 
sees Monk Witherspoon Brannon who has 
moved to Tampa. 

Now on down the coast to Beverly Ran- 
dolph Knight in St. Petersburg. Bev is a 

guidance counsellor at Clearwater Catholic 
High School, where, since getting her Mas- 
ters at Univ. of Southern Fla.. she has been 
working for three years. Mary-Somers is a 
senior at SBC. Wilder graduated from Kent 
School in Conn, and is now a freshman at 
Yale. "Randy" is an 8th grader there at 
Canterbury School. All busy and happy! 

After our nice visit on the Florida West 
Coast let's head on to Jacksonville where I 
am sorry to report Tody Corcoran Hartzer's 
sad news of her mother's death in July. I 
know our hearts go out to Tody. Her son 
Jeff has an apartment at Bolles School where 
he is Assist. Dean of day students and 
teaches English. Jonathan is in the 8th grade 
there. On to Savannah and Moe Christian 
Schley, who is an assoc. broker enjoying 
selling real estate, especially downtown his- 
toric houses in need of restoration. Dick still 
enjoys pediatrics; oldest daughter Margaret 
is in first year law at Emory and her husband 
is in first year medicine. Jean has won the 
kayaking races in Canada and is now in 
England racing! Her husband is in first 
year medicine at Dartmouth. Carolyn is in 
her second year of nursing in Denver and 
Richard, III, is at Univ. of Denver. 

Inland now to Charlotte, N.C., and Cath- 
erine Smart Grier. Catherine's son Joe has 
been in the Orient working for an English 
law firm in Singapore. He loved meeting so 
many different nationalities. He is now in 
law school in Chapel Hill. (That's only about 
1/5 of Catherine's news. She has about 
five.) In Greensboro Bowdre Sudd Poer's 
husband John is president of J. P. Stevens 
& Co.. Inc. Their youngest daughter Anne 
is a sophomore at Appalachian State U. at 
Boone, N.C. Their oldest daughter Kathy 
went to SBC for a year, class of '68, and is 
now married and has two girls. Oldest son 
John graduated from UNC Greensboro and 
has John III. Second son Jim finished at 
Nashville Auto-Diesel College. 

Over in Rocky Mount Lee Stevens Gravely 
had a garden wedding in May when her 
daughter Frances married David Frankstone, 
a 3rd year law student at UNC. Second 
daughter Susan, a UNC graduate in '73 re- 
turned from a trip to the Orient in time for 
the wedding and is now in Boston "seek- 
ing her fortune," Son Steve, another UNC 
graduate ('74), is spending the winter in 
Norway working in forestry after a month's 
travel in Europe with Shields Jones Harris' 
son Cris. Page, the youngest Gravely son, 
14, is still home. Shields, also in Rocky 
Mount, had a wedding two years ago when 
Shebe was married. Shebe lives in Greens- 
boro. Second daughter Millie is a junior at 
Univ. of Ga. after two years at Salem. Son 
Cris plans to join his father in real-estate- 
insurance business after his European 

The Gravelys and the Harrises visited 
Betty Simmons Lynch and Jack at their 
new Wrightsville Beach cottage over Labor 
Day. Belt's oldest son John, a UNC '73 
graduate, is now working in High Point. 
Her oldest daughter Logan is a senior at 
UNC. Second oldest, Tom, is a soph at 
State and second daughter Sally, 14, is at 
home. Shields visited Lillian West Parrot 
at Morehead this summer. I am sorry to 
report that Lillian's mother died during the 
summer. Our love goes out to you Lillian. 
Joan Darby West and Clifton (Lillian's 
brother) had just left for their summer home 
in Chestertown, Md. Joan had recently 

talked to Alice Eubank Burke and expected 
to see her soon. Lee also writes of Josephine 
Thomas Watkins in McComb, Miss., who 
has a rough illness following brain surgery 
in August. She is better now and recupera- 
ting nicely. 

Lee and Shields are about to take to the 
golf course with their husbands; so we had 
better move on to Yanceyville, N.C.. and 
Cholly Jones Bendall. The Bendalls inher- 
ited Bro's family summer home — a very at- 
tractive log house 10 miles south of Dan- 
ville. Va. and moved out there permanently. 
"It is a working tobacco farm and I have a 
huge vegetable garden. Bro is still in the 
drug business: so I call him a "farmicist" 
(Beautiful Cholly!) Their sons are "all 
gone." Bobby is a senior at W. & M. Gordon 
studies drama at Circle in the Square 
Theatre School in NYC and Hunter is a jun- 
ior at Hampden-Sydney. Cholly is teaching 
French at Sutherlin Academy in Danville. I 
didn't know that she and Polly Pollard 
Kline had gone abroad with the Stratford 
College (now closed) students in "72 for the 
month of January. "I haven't laughed so 
much since 3rd floor Carson our senior 
year." A visit with Larry Lawrence Katsidhe 
in Lahoska. Pa., was fun she said. Larry 
lives in a beautiful pre-Revolutionary War 
rock farm house in Buck's County. 

Over now to Norfolk and Rossie Ashby 
Dashiell, with whom we recently had a love- 
ly dinner. Mary graduated from Salem in 
May and is now working in Atlanta. David, 
interested in dramatics, is at U.Va. and 
Joe is a junior at the Norfolk Academy. 
Julia Bristow. also in Norfolk, had another 
one-man show of her watercolors. She is also 
Life Sciences editor at the Naval Safety 
Center and active in Common Cause. 

Across Hampton Roads let's visit Wheats 
Young Call in Newport News whose husband 
Doug is resurfacing the decks of airplane 
carriers. The USS Kennedy is his 14th car- 
rier. This work takes Doug to Florida and 
California too. Wheats is always prodding 
him to call her SBC friends, but he is al- 
ways too busy with those carriers! Doug Jr. 
is a junior at U.Va. and Folly and Teddy 
at a local high school. Wheats and I have 
fun talking about all of you! I am here in 
Newport News too. Liza is a soph, at Hollins 
and Robbie a senior at Episcopal High 

On up to Williamsburg where we find 
Pinkie Butler Neal. Pinkie has "married 
off' two children this year and she is now 
up to her elbows in stuffed animals and 
patchwork pillows for the church bazaar. 
She has also mastered the art of making 
daisies out of Budweiser beer cans. There 
will be daisies all over the place — Anheuser- 
Busch has recently opened its new brewery 
near Williamsburg! One day while sight- 
seeing over at old Bacon's Castle I saw 
Jimmie Thompson Robertson, who lives in 
Petersburg. She has opened her own real 
estate office there. Her daughter Martha 
graduated from Guilford College in May and 
her son was married in Sept. Now there are 
two at home. Legate is a junior and Stephen 
an 8th grader at the local high school. 

Lets' visit Mary Mac Holland Hardin now 
in Blacksburg. She and her daughter were 
recently at SBC "college looking" and she 
remarked on how beautiful SBC's campus 
still is. (SBC's beauty has certainly left its 
mark on all of us.) Her son was to be a 
junior this year at VPI but has decided to 

take a year off. Up on Route 81 through the 
valley of Virginia to see Helen Graeff Eller- 
man in Harrisonburg, where she is just 
beginning her 4th year as the first full- 
time Director of Music at the Asbury United 
Methodist Church. She travels extensively in 
this job. going to workshops and the like. 
Hampton, Atlanta, and Cleveland were 
among cities recently visited. Her husband 
Ray is an illustrious musician, having wide 
experience as a teacher, orchestra player 
and church choir director to say nothing 
about his specialties, the harpsichord and 
the clavichord. 

Up in Ft. Belvoir Jean Love Albert's Gen- 
eral husband Jack is now commandant at 
Defense Systems Management School. They 
spend the summer on their Amherst farm. 
Four of their children are still in college. 
Daughter Ceci. SBC '72, will be a 1st Lt. in 
Dec. She is stationed in Australia and has 
just been elected the first woman on the 
Senior Mess Committee. 1 am having some 
difficulty with handwriting but Jean, I 
think, says that she's into "weaving." (It's 
either that or "weaning.") 

In Chevy Chase, Md., Bea Dingwell Loos 
has two through school and four to go. Her 
son graduated from the engineering school 
at Dartmouth in '73 and daughter from Mt. 
Holyoke in '73. Bea is teaching 1st grade 
for the 4th year and "absolutely loves it." 
She feels far less fragmented than in the 
days of volunteering. Ariana Jones Wittke 
up in Princeton has a freshman son at 
Princeton and a junior daughter at Prince- 
ton Day School. She is teaching part-time 
at Miss Mason's School and is gardening, 
chauffering. cooking, etc. 

Up farther north in Rye, N.Y., we find 
Candy Greene Satterfield. How I hate to 
report the death of Candy's lovely husband 
Jim on March 16th. Jim and Candy were 
living in Louisville, Ky. at the time. Jim 
was with the British-American Tobacco Co. 
He had- a brain tumor and the operation was 
unsuccessful. Since then Candy has sold her 
Louisville home and moved back to Rye 
with young Jim. Daughter Caroline is in 
her first year in college in Florida. I spent 
several days with Candy in April and she 
was truly wonderful. I know she would love 
to hear from any of you. Her new address 
is 6 White Birch Drive, Rye, N.Y. 

On up to New England we find Leila 
Fellner Lenagh, who is busy with choir 
work and music at Fairfield University, 
Little Theatre, and free lance graphics, 
mostly lettering. She is a new grandmother. 
Her daughter is married to a Dutchman and 
they are living in Holland. Her son Tod is 
at Dartmouth and Kim is taking a year 
off to ski. Jess is still at home. In New 
Canaan Betsy Gurley Hewson has acquired 
her captain's license, and she and Tom 
take boats south in the fall and north in 
the spring, including their own. Joannie, 
their oldest, is married and working for Olin 
Corp. in Stamford. Tom Jr. is a junior at 
Princeton and Ted is a freshman at Johns 
Hopkins. The Hewsons see Anne Hill Ed- 
wards and Grif en route to Florida and Bea 
Dingwell and Dix Loos in Annapolis. Betty 
Anne Bass Norris is in Greenwich selling 
real estate. Neil is doing graduate work at 
American U. in Washington and working at 
Holton Arms as Assistant to the Assistant 
to the Headmaster. Susan Ford is there; so 
there is much excitement with the Secret 
Service, etc. David, 17, is at Kent School 

in Conn. 

Let's cross the ocean now to Surrey, En- 
gland, and have a cup of tea with Audrey 
Humbert Johnston. Audrey's husband is 
now in command of the commando ship 
HMS Bulwark. Her son Colin and a friend, 
both Cambridge University graduates, spent 
two months of their summer vacation work- 
ing at the Ramada Inn in Destin. Fla. and 
staying at Caroline Rudolph and Phillip 
Seller's condominium. They toured the 
U.S. by Greyhound. 

Katherine Brooks Augustine reports two 
married children, one granddaughter, four 
attending college, and the youngest a junior 
in high school. Margaret Todd Fanning saw 
Peg Coffman Smith over the summer and 
had a good time "catching up." Margaret 
writes that her second daughter is studying 
radiology at the local community college and 
that son Bill is a freshman at Kenyon, Gam- 
bier, Ohio. Crutcher Field Harrison had a 
great time at the SBC Senior/Freshman 
Parents' Day. The weather was perfect and 
she thought the campus looked great. Her 
daughter Helen will graduate this year with 
a double degree (German and Spanish). She 
also saw Catherine Smart Grier's daughter 
and Frankie Gardner Curtis' daughter and 
remarked that continuity is great. 

I am now at the end of your cards. We 
did well and know a lot more about each 
other. We know where to find super cucum- 
bers, who can play our clavichords, and who 
can instruct us in kayak racing. I really 
think we are marvelously versatile, well- 
traveled and oh so useful — to say nothing of 
our outstanding offspring. My hope is that 
perhaps this letter will bring some of them 



Nancy Douthat Goss (Mrs. Lane W.), 5 

Metcalf St.. Worcester, Mass. 01609. 

Fund Agent 

Ruth Campbell VanDerpoel (Mrs. Charles 

K.). 15 Lynnfield Dr., Morristown, N.J. 


Please forgive the long silence since the 
last publication. My firm resolution to write 
another interim class news letter by Aug. 1 
was lost in the confusion of my deciding to 
go back to school — to nearby Clark Univer- 
sity to get a Masters in Linguistics. (A sub- 
ject in which I have never had a course, but 
one I'm loving and working at very hard.) It 
was chaotic trying to get records and faculty 
recommendations together in a hurry and 
the SBC Deans Office was wonderfully 

A much more impressive scholar is Ginger 
Finch. A letter from her from Nairobi. 
Kenya, tells some of what she's doing as a 
Research Associate in the Dept. of Animal 
Production. Her Ph.D. is from the Univ. 
of Nairobi, though her examiner was from 
Har\'ard. Most of her thesis has been pub- 
lished, maiuly in the American Journal of 
Physiology in 1972. Her future work will 
continue in energy exchanges — a study of 
the effect of hot and cold climates typical 
of East Africa on energy retention in cattle. 

Also impressive is Joan Cualtieri Romano 
who in June graduated from the University 


of Akron (Ohio) Law School, having done 
the three years as a full-time student while 
maintaining her household, including three 
children (and an understanding husband), 
with all the demands and interruptions that 
invariably happen. In Sept. my husband 
Woody spent a night with the Romanos. and 
they all called after dinner to make me 
wish I were there. Then a few weeks later 
when Patty McClay Boggs and husband Flip 
were there for dinner Joan and Patty added 
to the Romano phone bill by calling Lydia 
Plamp Plattenburg in Moline, 111.. Pat 
Tucker Turk in Wilmington. Del. (alas, not 
at home) and m.e again in Mass. Lee Fiducia 
and Reudi Hartmann had also visited the 
Romanos earlier in the year — a reunion of 
roommates after many years, and of course, 
no one had changed! 

A new bride is Peggy Osborn Haynes. 
now Mrs. Edward J. Clarke. Good wishes to 
the Clarkes and to another couple who have 
to remain nameless until I hear it officially, 
instead of thru the grapevine as keeps 
happening. You know who you are. out 
there ... do share your nice news with the 
class. Even if you aren't a new bride, do 
send information about yourself. I'm sure 
there's lots I never hear even though I use 
this job as an excuse to call people two 
days before the deadline. Shirley Sutliff 
Cooper said she and Pat Smith Ticer had 
just played tennis the day I called. She also 
says Chase Lane Bruns is quite an accom- 
plished potter and went last summer to 
North Carolina (sans famille) to take pottery 

Blessing on so many of you who write 
notes on those envelope flaps and. of course, 
send checks to make Sweet Briar and our 
faithful treasurer Ruthie Campbell Van- 
Derpoel happy. Conny Hill Hall wrote from 
Lufkin. Texas, that after 22 years she came 
with her family to Sweet Briar last summer 
and they were warmly welcomed. She says 
she'd forgotten how beautiful it is. She's 
working on her Masters and teaching fresh- 
man English at Stephen F. Austin State 

Another Texan heard from is Kay Roberts 
McHaney. She says life has been quite full 
in the last few years since moving back to 
Victoria, especially since the arrival of 4th 
child. 3rd boy. Stephen on Feb. 16. 1972. 
At last report they v^ere building a house 
which they should be in by now. 

Jane Feltus Welch writes that they have 
bought "an old Kentucky home" (circa 
1815) out in the country near Louisville. 
She says. "Despite the energy crisis and the 
stock market collapsing we are very much 
excited over this new challenge at the 'prime 
of life'." Their son Jimmy is in his first 
year at Exeter, in New Hampshire — mighty 
far north for a southern girl to go for 
Parents Day! 

By now Joan Kells Cook and family should 
be in Bangkok. Thailand, where Duncan 
will be Senior Army Advisor to the Royal 
Army Aviation. When she wrote they were 
struggling to learn the Thai language. 

The Army has also moved Liz Rector 
Keener and family. They are at Patch Bar- 
racks in Viahingen. a southwest surburb of 
Stuttgart, a perfect central location for 
seeing Europe. Liz says. In April they were 
in Gadsden. Ala., because of the sudden 
death of Ross's mother, and happened to 
run into Mary Reed Simpson and Forney 

Mary Reed also notes on her envelope 
flap that their older son Rush entered the 
Univ. of Texas in the fall, second son Billy 
is in high school, daughter Beth is in junior 
high, daughter Monna is in elementary 
school, and daughter Dorsey is in kinder- 
garten. That's covering the school scene! 
Charlotte Orr Moore's envelope message is 
like Mary Reed's — oldest daughter is at 
Agnes Scott this fall, boys are in the 9th and 
5th grades and youngest has also just 
started school. 

Elise Wachenfeld de Papp writes: "Hav- 
ing reached 40. I decided it was time to 
fulfil a long-time desire and in late Oct. 
(73) I rode in a steeplechase at the Genesee 
Valley Hunt Club Race Meet. My horse 
and I fell over a jump but managed to get 
back together again and finish second. I'll 
never do that again! Now I want to buy a 
race horse and hire a jockey. Maybe I'll 
just stick to pathology, it's safer." 

Mitzi Streit Halla and her family find it 
nice to be back in the USA. but recall with 
great pleasure their years in Iran and all 
the trips to exotic spots from there. 

Mary Boyd Murray Trussel and George 
took their boys (George, 13. and Walter, 
12) on a family skiing trip to Crested Butte, 
Colo., last winter and then in the summer 
have enjoyed sailing on the backwater where 
they have built a cabin and where Mary 
Boyd has learned to jay tile and carpeting. 
Who says one's education ever stops? 

Betty Byrne Gill Chaney has been very 
hard at work in Roanoke. Va.. raising money 
for a science museum there. She also went 
to the Legislature in Richmond to plead 
their case and get funds for the project. 
She manages to do lots of things like this 
well and still stay calm and unruffled. Betty 
Byrne's daughter was at camp in the summer 
with Susan Seward Vick's daughters, and 
B. Byrne briefly saw Clyde Vick when they 
were there. 

Anne Williams and Eli Manchester are 
planning another ski week this winter in 
Canada with Shirley Sutliff anA Tom Cooper. 
In the past year Anne and Eli have been in 
Mexico and the Caribbean, and when Woody 
and I met them in Boston in late Oct.. they 
were just back from Hawaii, and Eli was 
to leave in two days for Europe . . . this 
time all business and without Anne. The 
Goss family doesn't cover quite as much 
territory as the Manchesters (nor do we go 
in such style I suspect), but we did have a 
glorious three weeks last April. On April 
Fools' night Woody and 1 decided the time 
would never be any better, the fares never 
cheaper, and Mommy possibly never more 
stir-crazy. And the kids were between ortho- 
dontists. So ten days later we and the boys 
(Ned 14. Chuck 12 and Philip 8) landed 
in Rome for Easter weekend. We proceeded 
north by train thru Italy. Switzerland, 
France, Netherlands and wound up with a 
terrific week in London. I'll spare you de- 
tails, but it was a huge success and now 
we're home doing our mundane things but 
with pleasant memories. One thing I'm 
doing which is enlightening is being the one 
(token) female on the five-member Zoning 
Appeals Board. 

One capable classmate Catherine Cage 
Bruns has been busy in recent years with 
Junior League responsibilities and says this 
year she's taking a year off by being only 
the League's Parliamentarian. She's also 
the incoming President of the Houston 

Sweet Briar Club, and as such was sent to 
SBC for the fall Alumnae Council. In 
August we had a great Texas-sized phone 
conversation in which we discussed lots of 
things including her step-daughter who is a 
freshman at Hoilins. our sons who are taller 
than we are and are avid athletes (it was 
always hard to know who hated field hockey 
more. Catherine or me) and the big 20th 
Reunion. After being at Sweet Briar Cath- 
erine is now so enthusiastic about Reunion 
that it's catching. She says the fall colors 
there were gorgeous and all the changes 
she saw were for the better. She learned 
that the class of 1954 at their 20th Reunion 
made a pledge to contribute $25,000 by their 
25th and she doesn't see why we couldn't 
do the same. She even cited a sizeable 
figure she'd give to start it off! We all need 
to get back to SBC to get as inspired as she 
is; so start planning right now to be there 
May 22. 23 and 24. 



Ann Crowell Lemmon (Mrs. J. M.), 770 
Glenairy Dr.. N. E.. Atlanta. Ga. 30328. 
Fund Agent 

Margot Saur Meyer (Mrs. Robert), 65 High- 
view Ave.. Bernardsville. N.J. 07924. 

It's hard to believe, but this May will be 
our 15th reunion. It's not too soon to start 
getting babysitters, husbands, jobs, diets, 
et al in line to be able to attend. 

We've had gifts of about $500 sent in 
memory of Tila Farrell Grady. SBC is hold- 
ing these for us until reunion when we can 
make an appropriate disbursement. I join 
Margot Saur Meyer in her plea for con- 
tributions to SBC. Why not designate one 
to the Tila Grady Memorial Fund? 

News is a bit scarce and some a bit old, 
but here it is: 

Wedding bells in Feb.. 1974 for Janet 
Holmes and Stephen C. Delaney. Janet re- 
ports a wonderful honeymoon trip to Aca- 
pulco. She is working as welfare director 
for Wayne, N.J.. Township. She and Stephen 
and sons Tommy. 12, and Gregory, 9, spent 
Easter in D. C. and Williamsburg and visited 
Donna Kerkham Grosvenor en route. 

Susan Galleher was married in July to 
Paul Askew and is now living in Middle- 
burg, Va. 

Another not so recent bride is Pat Russell. 
who married Andrew Binnie. an architect, 
who studied with Frank Lloyd Wright. The 
Binnies live in Toronto. Pat writes, "My 
husband Andrew and I were delighted by 
the birth of our son James on Sept. 3. 1974. 
I will continue to teach English at the Univ. 
of Toronto. 

Congratulations are due to Linda Sims 
Grady, who graduated from SBC, '74. Linda 
completed her work at Georgia State Univ. 
in Atlanta. 

Janet Maynard Henderson and Hal have 
moved to London for two-five years with 
menagerie of cats, dog, horse and two sons. 
She urges all traveling alums to visit when 
in London. Another invitation to visit comes 
from Katie Mendelson McDonald in Hong 
Kong. Katie enclosed a photo (to go in our 
scrapbook) of the SBC Hong Kong Alumnae 
Club! Besides Katie, there were Min-Kwan 
Ho. Marilyn Dreisler Chuang, '61, and 
Anne Allen Symonds, '62. The four met 


monthly for lunch. Anne has since moved 
to London. 

Kathy Knox Ennis writes that she is happy 
to be back home in Florida. She, husband 
Dick and their four are now in Ft. Lauder- 
dale. Also "back home" is A. Massie Hill. 
Malverne and their two boys. The Hills 
moved from Seattle to Rye. N.Y. 

From Seattle. Jane Headstreatii Milholland 
describes her life. Having served on the Jr. 
League Board and the Pacific Northwest 
Dance Board, she is now venturing into the 
interior design field as "right hand girl" to 
her architect husband. Daughter Charlotte 
is in the 7th grade. 

Mickey Oliveri Svoboda loves living in 
Richmond. Her family divides the summers 
between Va. Beach and their ranch in Mon- 
tana where all. especially Chris 1 1, and Kerry 
9. enjoy playing "cowboy." Nancy Corson 
Gibbes served on the Board of the Jr. League 
in Columbia. S.C. as well as the Board of 
Directors of the Columbia Museum of Art. 
Husband Joe is busy developing condomi- 
niums in old Belle Isle Magnolia Gardens, 
Georgetown, S.C. 

Sports enthusiasts, the Kimpton Honeys 
(Anne Galling) wrote of son John, 15, who 
spent last summer in Austria at a tennis 
and skiing camp, and girls Elizabeth, 12, 
and Jayne, 9, who ride and show their own 
horses. Anne writes that Charles, 3. keeps 
up with the others. 

From Dallas. Jane Riddle Lancaster writes 
that she and husband John drove through 
SBC two years ago for the first time since 
1957. She declares it "still the prettiest of 
the schools." Please come back for RE- 
UNION, Jane. Beside her other activities. 
Children 13. 11, and 8 keep Jane busy. 

I had a wonderful and long overdue re- 
union with roommate Joanne Harrier Barker 
after 13 years! Joanne stopped for a night in 
Alanta en route from Mexico to Lynchburg. 
She was returning from a SBC winter term 
anthropology study trip of civilizations of 
MesoAmerica. They visited modern urban 
areas, archaeological sites and present day 
Indian villages. 

Phyz and I had the pleasure of being with 
Anne Pannell Taylor and her delightful 
husband, the Bishop of Easton, Md. George 
Taylor. Mrs. Taylor shared some very funny 
anecdotes of her life as the Bishop's wife. 
They were visiting son Gary Pannell, who 
lives in Atlanta. 

Please send your news; I'm hopeful of 
Spring '75 class notes or at least a news- 
letter before REUNION. 



Dryden Childs Everett (Mrs. Morris, Jr.), 

2222 Delamere, Dr., Cleveland Heights, Ohio 


Fund Agent 

Laura Haskell Phinizy (Mrs. Stewart, III). 

756 Tripp Court, Augusta, Ga. 30904. 


James Duncan Tilden to Roger and Payson 

7e/erTilden. March 15, 1974. 

Carol Logan Phillips to Henry and Cora Lee 

Logan Phillips. December 25, 1973. 

Melinda Middlebrook ("Brook") Chapman 

to David and Melinda Musgrove Chapman, 

May 24, 1974. 

William Douglass Euston to Gregory and 

He\en Scribner Euston, Oct. 6. 1974. 

The pickins are slim for this column; 
everyone must be so busy that they'll have 
lots to say for the ne.xt column. 

The only news from abroad is that Payson 
Jeter Tilden and Roger now have a little 
boy almost one year old. They moved from 
Paris to Nice last year, where Roger is 
American Chaplain to the Riviera. 

From Georgia we hear that Laura Haskell 
Phinizy is kept busy not only by her three 
girls. Laura. 6. Louise, 4, and Marion, 1, 
but also by the Junior League's Voluntary 
Action Center, Information and Referral 
Services-AID, of which she has been pro- 
ject chairman. 

Kay Richards Herrald writes from Virginia 
that she teaches at Monroe Elementary 
School and spends extra time on plays at 
the Fine Arts Center in Lynchburg. She and 
Mark have a nine-year old son, Scott, and 
a five-year old daughter, Teri. Mark now 
works for Meredith/Burda after training in 
Germany for 17 months for Burda. 

Trudy Dowd Hatch has moved again. She 
is now in Philadelphia where Edwin is doing 
a fellowship in Pediatric Surgery at the Uni- 
versity of Pennsylvania Children's Hospi- 
tal. She writes that she had a brief but good 
visit with Blair Both and Sarah Porter 
Boehmler in March when they all ran into 
each other in the Denver airport! 

Carole Dudley has completed the MAT at 
Emory Univ. and studied one year toward 
the doctorate at Ga. State Univ. She is cur- 
rently the educational coordinator for 
Literacy Action, a privately supported social 
service which teaches reading and functional 
education to adult illiterates. 

Gay Plowden Freeman writes, "At the 
risk of offending native Ohioans I must 
admit that we're delighted to finally be in 
a warmer climate after i'A years of Ohio. Am 
looking forward to getting in touch with 
Sweet Briar girls in this area." She is now 
in Columbia, S.C. 

Our peripatetic New Yorker. Wiggie 
McGregor Leon, has had another good 
year and is by all appearances going on to 
bigger and better things, all of which she is 
greatly thankful for since a year ago in 
October she was in a coma in Alaska. She 
and Bill spent some of August in St. Tropez 
(business/pleasure) and had a wonderful 
time people-watching. In early October they 
were enjoying their little beach house in 
Avon, New Jersey, their "release from NYC." 
At the end of that month she was to leave 
Lord and Taylor where she had spent ten 
happy years and begin work as the Designer 
Sportswear buyer at Bonwit Teller. She'll 
be working with Anne Klein, Calvin Klein, 
Cacherel, and Blassport. 

I'm envious. In my elegantly styled Levis 
I pick up after a leaping, cavorting kinder- 
gartner and try to make intelligent con- 
versation with a "Chatty Cathy" of a three- 
year old. Please give me something to think 
and talk about by writing me your news. 

Washington, D.C. 20003. 
Fund Agent 

Phyllis Becker, 741-E Mountain 
Road, Charlottesville, Va. 22901. 




Liz Thomas. 200 C St. SE, Apt. #104. 


Barbara Ashton — Scott Schiller 

Mary Bush — Jerald Wood Burriss, Jr. 

Robin Christian — Jerry Ryan 

Bonnie Chronowski — John Paul Trouche 

Debbie Hooker — Gary Sauer 

Missy Leib — Bob Veghte 

Eleanor Magruder — Sandy Harris 

Colleen Shannon — Dwight Robertson 

Suzanne M. Williams — Glenn T. Strickland 


Mary Lee Burch — Eben M. Weil 

Christine Cummings — Wayne Bass 

Colleen Dee — Merle Butterick 

Barbara Hansen — William T. Smith 

Jane Hutcherson — Lt. Allen P. Frierson. Ill 

Ceil Linebaugh — Thomas A. Schmutz 

Marcia Paca — ^Jeff Johnston 

Drea Peacock — Mark L. Bender 

Janine Ray — Richard Alford 

Denise Robinson — Mark Hall 

Winton Smoot — Wallace Holladay, Jr. 

Sherrie Snead — William McLeRoy 

Cindy Sorenson — Dwight Sutherland, Jr. 

Susan Stubbs — Tom Coates 

Daun Thomas — Linton S. Marshall. Ill 

Joyce Thompson — Byron Miller 

Cary Thorp — Tracy Brown 

Lee Wilkinson — Charles Warren 

Cathy Williams — Todd Samperton 

Cheryl Viar — Sam Upchurch 

VA — Suzanne Williams is doing grad. 
work at William and Mary in govt. Taffy 
Moffett is the riding instructor at Fairfax 
Hall in Waynesboro, and Lee Wilkinson 
Warren has been teaching French, geo- 
graphy and math at a public school in South 
Hill, Va. Ceil Linebaugh Schmutz is living 
in Lexington, where Thomas is a W & L 
Law student. Mimi Hill is a French teacher 
at a private school in Richmond. This past 
summer Cindy Conroy traveled between 
Cape Cod and Va. Beach. 

Charlottesville and U. Va., as always, seem 
to attract Sweet Briar girls like a magnet. 
Mary Witt, our class president, is in med. 
school at U. Va. and seems very thrilled 
over experiments with her first cadaver. 
Kathy Telfer is working at the hospital 
there. Missy Leib, Sandra Herring and Mary 
Shaw Halsey are all in various U. Va. grad- 
uate programs: Missy, in English education; 
Mary Shaw, in architecture: and Sandra is a 
DuPont Fellow in math. Eleanor Magruder 
is a medical technician for Dr. Magruder 
and is a guide at Monticello on the week- 
ends. Also working in Charlottesville are 
Daun Thomas Marshall. Phyllis Becker. 
Betsy Roberts and Barb Hansen Smith — 
Daun at the Chimney Corner. Phyllis at 
an insurance co.. Betsy at a downtown bank, 
and Barb at a rehabilitation center. 

Other '74 grads have remained in the 
Sweet Briar area. Janie Reeb. Susie Fitz- 
gerald. Jane Maloney. Elizabeth Andrews, 
Sandra Taylor, and Rossie Ray are recruit- 
ing students for the Admission Office. Kathy 
Kavanagh works in the Alumnae and De- 
velopment offices on campus, and Marsha 
Phillips was employed by the P. R. office 
this summer. Our cover girl. Betsy Banks, 
is teaching dance at SBC and was featured 
in the August issue of Glamour Magazine. 
Sherrie Snead McLeRoy is working at the 
Amherst Co. museum and Carey Thomas 


teaches Spanish at Amherst High. Jere 
Mundy is the "first female to be hired as a 
full-time faculty member at Va. Episcopal 
School in Lynchburg. " Also in Lynchburg 
is Linda Kemp, who works for a bank. 

South — In New Orleans are Ann Pritchett 
and Marion Van Horn who have been work- 
ing as tour guides for the city. Also in N.O. 
is Nancy Grumpier who is studying for her 
master's degree in voice performance at 
L.S.U. under the direction of Dr. Redding. 
Susan Stubbs Coates works as a travel agent 
in Tampa, Fla. Gabrielle Urbanowicz is in 
law school at U. of Ala. and says she is 
learning to be a "Crimson Tide" fan. Fol- 
lowing her travels in Colo., Emory Furniss 
is employed at a branch bank at Craig 
A.F.B., near Selma. Lou Weston and Penny 
Lagakos spent the summer on an archeologi- 
cal dig in Tenn. The new home of Janine 
Ray Alt'ord is St. Andrews. Tenn.. where 
Richard is a member of the St. Andrews 
school faculty. 

East — Laurie Krecker and Robin Christian 
have graduated from the Institute for para- 
legal training in Philly. Ellie Plowden com- 
pleted her paralegal training at Mercer U. 
in Atlanta. Nancy Mortensen spent the 
summer working for the Nassau County Re- 
creation Board. N.Y. After graduating from 
Katherine Gibbs. Missy Hubbard is job- 
hunting in Boston. Also in Boston is Althea 
Lee who works for the Women's Educational 
and Industrial Union and lives with Nancy 
Nields. Pam Cogghill and Maureen Hynes 
share an apartment while attending Katie 
Gibbs, and Helen Travis will begin a secre- 
tarial program there, following her trip to 
Europe and Lebanon. 

Debbie Hooker does statistical work and 
administers personality tests to clients of a 
psychological consulting firm in Pittsburgh. 
Sue Castle is a legal secretary for a firm in 
Conn., and Drea Peacock Bender is the re- 
ceptionist in the admissions office at the 
Harvard School of Arts and Sciences. Jesse 
Stewart has recently moved to N.H.. and 
Carol Anne Kroese is the receptionist for 
the Miss Universe Co. in N.J. 

Some classmates have found their way to 
New York City. Bonnie Chronowski is em- 
ployed as a paralegal at a law firm in town, 
and Genie Manning is a law student at 
Fordham — Anya Starosolsky is also study- 
ing law in N.Y.C. Andy Francis is in the 
psychology graduate school at the New 
School for Social Research, and Jana Sawicki 
is a Ph.D. candidate in philosophy at 
Columbia U. Jana wrote, "The competition 
is tough and so are the academics. But 
in spite of the many differences. Sweet 
Briar left me well prepared." Mary Reid 
has begun an investment training program 
with the Bank of New York on Wall St. 

The Washington area seems to be the most 
popular place for the Class of 1974. Sally 
Rebentish. Edie McRee, Winton Smoot 
Holladay, Sharon Mangus. Terry Lear, and 
Checka Robbin are all at George Wash- 
ington U. Sally is in a graduate program 
in elementary education, and Edie and Win- 
ton are studying for their M.A.'s in Art 
History and muscology, along with Susan 
Stephens, a former member of the class. 
Sharon, Checka, and Terry have been doing 
research for the psychology dept. at G.W. on 
Child and Adolescent Development and 

Marilynn Marshall, Liz Thomas and 
Ruthie Willingham are working on Capitol 


Hill: Marilynn, as a staff asst. to Rep. Cald- 
well Butler of Va.; Liz, as a legislative aide 
to Senator John L. McClellan of Ark.; and 
Ruthie. as the smiling receptionist for Sen- 
ator Howard Baker. Jr. of Tenn. Bonnie 
Cochrane is taking grad. courses at George 
Mason U. in economics, and Elaine Mills is 
employed at the Smithsonian Institute. Sally 
Clary is a program asst. for the Federal 
Insurance Administration of HUD. Mary 
Killorin is now employed at the First Na- 
tional Bank of D.C. and B. B. Wheelock 
is the receptionist in a contact lens special- 
ist's ofc. in Bethesda. CeCe Kirby works 
for a management consultant firm. Pam 
Hughes is a coder-analyst at the National 
Academy of Sciences and lives with Debbie 
Ryan who works for National Geographic. 

Midwest — Ann Sundwall is studying for 
an M.A. in English at U. of Chicago, and 
Nancy Hardt is at Loyola Med. School, II. 
Laurie Epstein is the asst. treas. and secty. of 
Grayslake Gelatin Co. This summer Chris 
and Cathy Weiss taught advanced and inter- 
mediate sailing and placed 2nd and 3rd, 
racing their sloop, "Idleweiss," in the Ladies 
Sailing Championship competition on Lake 
Erie. Assisting at a Montessori school in 
Cleveland is Sarah Johnston. Susan Rhymer 
attends Baptist Seminary in Louisville, Ky. 
Colleen Dee Butterick works for McAlpins 
dept. store and has organized a Sweet Briar 
Alumnae Club for the Lexington, Ky., area. 

While teaching an undergraduate French 
course at U. of Mich., Vicki Bates is study- 
ing for an M.A. in teaching English as a 
Foreign Language. Cindy Sorenson Suther- 
land resides in Lawrence, Kansas, where 
Dwight is in law school at U. of K. Ilene 
Berich is studying for an M.A. in teaching 
at Monmouth College. The new president 
of the St. Louis SBC Alumnae Club, Jane 
Piper, is a research asst. for Heritage, an 
organization to preserve historical buildings. 
Cheryl Willits is getting an M.A. in learning 
disabilities at Tulsa U. 

West — In Dallas are Dana Daniel, a 
management-trainee at Neiman-Marcus; 
Meredith Thompson, an asst. to the manager 
of the International World Trade Dept. of 
the Chamber of Commerce; and Ann Stuart 
McKie, as a hostess for her "frere francais" 
who is visiting the U.S. Ann Smith is in 
Phoenix at Thunderbird School of Inter- 
national Business, and Nancy Lea is a teller 
at the Sandia Savings i Loan in Albuquer- 
que, N,M. Chris Sherwood shares an apart- 
ment with Betsy Thayer ('73) in San Fran- 
cisco, where she works in the data processing 
field. In Santa Ana is Jan Renne, an exec- 
trainee at Bullock's dept. store. 

Several of the '74 grads have left the 
mainland, like Barbara Ashton and Paula 
HoUingsworth, who are studying accounting 
and Japanese at the U. of Hawaii. Blaine 
Converse and Jennifer Erickson are both 
in England: Blaine, at the Royal Academy 
of Dramatic Arts; and Jennifer, at the U. of 
S. Hampton's grad. school in economics. 
As a teacher of 7th grade for the Peace 
Corps. Kelly Borrowman is located in In- 
donesia — she says, "don't expect to hear too 
much, as it's considered socially taboo to 
write in front of uneducated villagers." 

Some members of our class did not re- 
main at Sweet Briar for their entire college 
career but as our friends and former room- 
mates, we remain interested in their acti- 
vities, Connie Terhune will graduate from 
St. Lawrence U. in NY. with a B.S. in his- 

tory, and Moi Fulton will leave the U. of la. 
with a B.A. in English. Cheryl Viar Up- 
church is employed at a school in Winter 
Park. Fla.. where Sam is in grad. school. 
Susan Murphy is a securities-analyst for a 
firm in NYC, and after graduating from 
use with a degree in Art History, Lisa 
Martin will begin her paralegal training at 

Tina Petersen graduated from the U, of 
Minn, and is now employed at a Senior 
Citizens Clinic as a field counselor. Donna 
MacKenzie is in Memphis as an admin, 
asst. for the First Tenn. Investment Man- 
agement, Inc. where she is taking American 
Institute of Banking courses. Colleen Shan- 
non works at the Duke Medical Center in 
the laboratory. With permission from Geo. 
Wash. U., Laurene-Ann Sherlock is spend- 
ing the semester in London with the Syra- 
cuse U. International Study Program. 
Suzanne M. Williams graduated from the U. 
of South Fla. and teaches Latin, reading and 
English at Howley prep school in Fla. Susan 
Kelly finished at William and Mary and is 
abroad studying in Moscow and Leningrad. 
Kittsy Bain is an art studio major at Sewa- 

Mimi Hecker graduated from Fla. State U. 
with a B.S. in nursing and is now working 
at a hospital in Miami. Virginia Shaw has 
a B.A. in English from U. of Colo., and 
is writing for a newspaper called Historic 
Denver. Barbara Moore is at Ball State U., 
working on her master's in Student Per- 
sonnel Administration. Cathy Flaitz is en- 
rolled at the School of Dentistry at Creighton 
U. in Omaha. After graduating from the U. 
of Colo., Leslie Nottage is a Health Spa 
Consultant in Los Altos, Calif. Holly Hoff- 
man and Carla Kline are in the grad. school 
of education at U. Va. Pam Reynolds will 
graduate from Springhill College in Mobile 
with a degree in sociology and will begin 
studying to be a C.P.A. In between sailing 
jaunts down the Atlantic coast, Sally Barnes 
spent the summer working at a shop in 
Martha's Vineyard, Mass. Sally Brice fin- 
ished at Goucher and works with Lynn 
Communications in Norfolk. 

After attending Katherine Gibbs, Mary 
Bush is now employed as an exec, secty. 
for a T.V. station in Atlanta. Jean Cart- 
wright graduated from Texas Christian U. 
and is in Fort Worth at dental hygenists' 
school. After graduation from U. of Tenn. 
Virginia Cline works for Mr. Cline in his 
law office in Norfolk. Ellen Craighill will 
receive a degree in Latin-American studies 
from Geo. Wash. U. in D.C. Laura Elkins 
has been preoccupied with graduate level 
dance and art courses at Ole Miss in Ox- 
ford, since graduating from the Architec- 
ture school at U, Va. Mary Lib Holnian is 
employed at ALA. BANCORP, a bank 
holding CO. in Birmingham, Ala. Also there, 
is Laura Murray who is in law school at 
Cumberland. Tinka Pritchett is at the Fine 
Arts School in Boston, and Cary Thorp 
Brown will get her degree in education from 
North Adams College in Williamstown, 

My thanks go to each member of the class 
for your help with this News, and special 
thanks go to Ruthie Willingham, Susan 
Stephens, Edie McRee, and Mary Witt for 
their hard work in helping with the com- 
pilation of these notes. Don't forget that 
Marcia Brandenburg is serving a two year 
term on the Board of Overseers. 






Frances Gregory '36 reports that her bio- 
graphy of the Boston merchant, jVor/ian Apple- 
ton. 1779-1861. has been accepted for publi- 
cation by the University Press of Virginia. 

Charlene Reed '73, now a graduate student 
at Florida State University, read a paper at 
the April, 1974, meeting of the Southern 
Conference on Comparative Endocrinology. 
The paper was based on work she did at Sweet 
Briar under the direction of Professor Miriam 
Bennett. Charlene has received a grant from 
Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society of 
North America, to continue research on cel- 
lular adhesion to molluscan gills. 

Cathie Cook Kelly '70 has been awarded a 
Fulbright-Hays Grant for graduate study in 
Italy, 1974-75. Cathie, a doctoral candidate in 
Art History, is one of 365 young American stu- 
dents and artists who have been selected for 
Fulbright-Hays Awards this year. 

Mary Elizabeth Medaglia '69 was sworn in 
as an Assistant United States Attorney on 
September 9, 1974, by the Honorable Stanley 
S. Harris, Associate Judge of the District of 
Columbia Court of Appeals, and assigned to 
the Appellate Division. 

Sharon Burchard 

Shsaon Fitzgerald Burchard '63 was ap- 
pointed in late 1973 to membership on the 
National Board of The Medical College of 
Pennsylvania. The Board is comprised of 
nearly 170 "prominent women in the United 
States who have a special interest in support- 
ing education at The Medical College of Penn- 
sylvania." Sharon holds a certificate in in- 
terior design from the International Institute 
of Design. She received her law degree from 
Washington College of Law of the American 

Joan Littleford Donegan '47 of Washington, 
D.C., is a columnist for the Montgomery Co., 
Maryland, iSenJme/. Her column, "The 
Humane View," gives advice on the care and 
treatment of our domestic animals. She writes 
about abandoned pets, how to care for the 
elderly pet, and "stark warnings on declawing 
your cat!" 

Catherine MeacAam Colin '57 was named 
Junior league Volunteer of the Year in New 
York City, 1973. She is a member of the Exe- 
cutive Committee of Christians and Jews 
and is Vice-Chairman of the Junior Council 
of the Museum of Modern Art. 

Adrienne Ash '64, affiliated with the Univer- 
sity of New York at Albany, is doing research 
on German-speaking people who came to this 
country between 1933-1945. Her work takes 
her to various university libraries and the 
Library of Congress. She interviews people in 
the fields of music, art, drama, economics, 
theology, architecture, literature, medicine, etc. 
Adrienne earned her Ph.D. at the University 
of Texas in Austin. 

^atsWe Roberts Foster '31 of Roanoke was 
named Good Samaritan of the Year by the 
Roanoke Civitan Club, April, 1974. Mrs. 
Foster was cited for her "demonstrated com- 
passion for her fellow man, for seeing an- 
other's needs and supplying them unselfishly 
and spontaneously . . . ." 

Elizabeth H. McKee '72. Assistant Trea- 
surer, Community Banking, is a lending officer 
at a Chase Manhattan branch in midtown New 
York. "In the course of a typical day, Betty 
may issue Letters of Credit to an importer of 
jewelry and negotiate a short-term loan for a 
wholesale dealer in men's furnishings," re- 
ports a Chase Manhattan bulletin. 

Elinor ScAerr Mosher '61 won the Greater 
Cincinnati Women's Metropolitan Golf Tour- 
nament last June. "It was Elinor's first Met 
championship, and one she justly deserved," 
said the Sports Reporter for the Cincinnati 

Elizabeth Sanford 

Elizabeth Sanford '68 has joined the Univer- 
sity of South Carolina staff as conservator in 
the new laboratory for marine archeology at 
the use Institute of Archeology and Anthro- 
pology. Betty received her M.A. in classical 
archeology from Brown University, 1971. She 
has done graduate study in the conservation 
of archeological materials at the Institute of 
Archeology at the University of London. She 
has a certificate in scuba-diving from the 
Massachusetts Institute of Skin Diving. Betty 
hes worked as field assistant, site supervisor, 
and conservator in Turkey, Iran, Greece, 
Italy, Syria and Jordan. 

During Opening Convocation in September, 
1974, the following Sweet Briar alumnae were 
introduced as members of the College faculty 
for 1974-75: Betty W. Banks '74, Assistant 
in Dance: M. Denise Mullen '70. Visiting 
Assistant Professor of Studio Art: and Peggy 
Crawford Reichard '74, Assistant in Edu 


Who among your many wonderful alumnae 
friends would you like to see honored by being 
invited to serve on the Board of Overseers of 
Sweet Briar College? And who do you consider 
the best candidate for the Outstanding Alum- 
nae Award to be presented at Founders Day 

Please send your suggestions for nominee 
for the Board of Overseers to Mrs. Douglas 
A.S. Chalmers (Judy Sorley '59), 29 Marion 
Avenue, Short Hills, N.J. 07077 or to the 
Alumnae House, and your nominee for Alum- 
nae Award to Mrs. Ray Awtrey (Anne Awtrey 
"43), 5304 Portsmouth Road, Washington, 
D.C. 20016 or to the Alumnae House. In 
both instances, please include whatever in- 
formation you have about your candidate's 
services and interest in Sweet Briar, and re- 
turn bv March 1. 



on buying a piano 

Professor Emeritus of Music 


kcquiring a new piano can be as exciting (and as 
disrupting) as adding a new room to the family res- 
idence or even a new member to the family. 

A fine instrument costs as much as a fine car (but it 
will serve you much longer) and takes up almost as 
much space and certainly as much care. There is al- 
ways the debate as to whether a Steinway or a Baldwin 
is better, or whether you just might happen on to a sec- 
ond-hand piano of a reputable make. In any case, don't 
go out alone and unprepared when you buy a piano. 
Even if you play a piano, get a tuner or technician to 
help you and perhaps a friend who plays better than 
you! At the store believe about half what the floor sales- 
man tells you, regardless of what make he is promoting. 
Examine and play or have your friend play every piano 
on the floor. Don't just look at pianos; try them. 

I am not recommending any particular make. There 
are inferior Steinways and Baldwins, and there are 
superior Yamahas and Bechsteins; you can tell only 
by trying or having a trusted expert help you. Generally 
speaking, pianos built for professional use are black 
(except the Steinway in the White House which I seem 
to remember is a white piano). However, many "parlor" 
pianos are black too, and if you find a black piano 
that suits your performance standards don't pass it by 
because you wanted a bleached mahogany case. It's 
what is inside the case that counts; and after all, black 
goes with almost everything, they say. 

Once acquired, give some thought to the placing 
and care of your piano. Don't place it under a window 
and preferably not against an outside wall. Extremes of 
temperatures are not good for the piano. But the worst 
enemy of your instrument is humidity, either too much 
or too little. 


"It's a dream," savs Professor of Music Lucile Umbreit, referring to 
Sweet Briar's new piano: the new Model SD-10 Baldwin concert 
ebon} piano. This new concert grand, which arrived on campus near 
the end of October, 1974, was made possible b.v funds donated to 
the G. Noble Gilpin Fund. Professor Gilpin, shown here with Sweet 
Briar's new piano, was a member of our Music Department from 
1946-1973. He received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music 
from Syracuse University and his Doctorate in Sacred Music from 
Union Theological Seminary. Mr. Gilpin often returns to Sweet 
Briar from his home in Sterling, Pennsylvania. 


-humidistat reading of around 40 is ideal, but 35 
to 50 won't ruin your piano. Mine has withstood such 
variations for many years. I keep a dehumidifier under 
the piano for summer, and I have a humidifier on my 
furnace for winter. Baseboard heat is tough on the 
piano, especially if the heating unit is right under the 
instrument. I don't think I need to tell you how to care 
for the case: treat is as you treat your prized antique 
chest or marble-top table. 

Grand piano sizes are measured from the front of 
the keyboard to the end of the curved part. Steinway 
sizes run approximately as follows: "D" (concert 
grand), nine feet; "B" (large living rooms size), some- 
thing over seven feet; "A" (no longer made but called 
the parlor grand), six feet, six inches. L,M, and S are 
the next three sizes down, "S" being the baby grand, 
about five feet or a bit more. 

Prices range from about $15,000 down to $4,000. 
Baldwins in comparative sizes from $15,000 through 
$6,000 for a piano five feet, eight inches. Yamahas want 
at least $3,7()0 for their smallest grand, five feet, two 
inches. But it is more or less futile to quote prices, 
they are changing all the time and they differ a little 
in different parts of the country. 

There are pianos not so expensive, perhaps not the 
very best quality although a good Kimball may be 
better than a poor Steinway or Baldwin. Kimball, by 
the way, has bought out the Bosendorfer Co. in Europe. 
The Bosendorfer is the most expensive piano outside of 
Russia. (I have no information on Russian pianos.) The 
top Bosendorfer grand is $21,000. However, you can 
buy a Kimball grand for under $5,000. They also 
manufacture a player piano on which you can play the 
old rolls, price about $2,000 (an upright, I believe). 


ilthough a fine piano is a fine piece of furniture 
and helps to lend dignity and distinction to any living 
room, I would not hesitate to rent a piano for a year if 
a child showed some aptitude for music. Don't invest 
$4,000 and up for an instrument that is never played. 
Try out your budding genius (you hope) with a good 
rented piano. After all, you might have to buy a violin 
instead, and good violins don't come cheap either. 

It is interesting to note that today the Chickering, 
Knabe, J.C. Fisher, Mason and Hamlin, Webber and 
Steck pianos are all manufactured by the same com- 
pany, the Aeolian Piano Co., a kind of conglomerate. 
If you go into a music store and find pianos with the 
store's own name on them, these are called stencil 
pianos and may be made by a very reputable company 
but they are not of first quality. If you know the store 
and it is a good one, you might get a bargain. 


'on't buy a piano with a mahogany soundboard. 
It sounds impressive, but good old spruce is the best 
wood in the world for soundboards. Generally speaking, 
a spinet model is not a good piano. It seldom stays 
in tune and the action is uncertain. Studio uprights are 
better, but the small grand has the best combination of 
shape and construction adaptable to the home. A small 
grand costing not more than $4,000 (as of September, 
1974) is a good buy if your "consultants" think it is a 
good instrument. A studio piano will be something 
above $2,500. By the time you read this, all prices will A 

have changed for the worse. Good luck. 




Bulbs — Scholarships — Bulbs 

Going to Council is better for tired blood than 
Geritol or a stiff dose of vitamin B complex. The vital- 
ity, the enthusiasm of everyone there are contagious, 
and their effect lasts almost until next Fall Council 
(where we hope to see at least 45 Bulb Chairmen). 

Following Council, the National Bulb Committee met 
in Washington, D.C., with the Vice President and 
President of Flower Bulbs, Inc., Messrs. Lagendyk 
and Van Zyverden. Members of the Committee are: 
the National Chairman; the immediate past National 
Chairman Anne A^qvei Awtrey '43; the Washington 
Area Bulb Chairmen, Ann Eustis Weimer '49; Marilyn 
Kolb '71; ioanne Hicks Robblee '70; Barbara/ocMAw 
Miller '63; Mary Lee Bell Coffey '60; Amaryllis Chair- 
man Courtney Stevenson '66; Solos Chairman Gretchen 
Armstrong Redmond '55; Bulb Project Manager Mary 
Hughes Blackwell; member-at-large Gwen Speel 
Kaplan '60; ex-officio, Ann Morrison Reams '42, and 
Preston Hodges Hill '49. 

Bulb sales for 1973-74 reflect hard work on the part 
of 45 clubs. Alumnae House, and 24 Solos (alumnae not 
in club areas): $16,770.85 for /Iwarv/fc and 
$133,677.88 for Spring Bulbs. These totals should make 
available approximately $40,000 for building endowed, 
or awarding annual, scholarships. 

Quick notes from Council and NBC meetings: 
Cordelia Penn Cannon "34 reminds us to plan to put 
those delicate little flowers like Galanthus, Grape 
Hyacinths and Pushkinia libanotica where you will 
enjoy seeing them as you go in and out of your house. 
Paperwhites will be offered again. This will be the only 
addition to the catalogue. The order form will be dif- 
ferent. Prices vary from year to year, and this year 
there will be no handling charge. 

Five percent discount will be given on orders of $50- 
$99 to one addressee; 10% on orders of $100 or more. 
Special discounts for community projects can be ar- 
ranged between the seller and the community. Bonus 
bulbs will be bulbs that will appear in the '76 cata- 
logue. The Alumnae Association and Flower Bulbs, 
Inc., will again sponsor trips to Holland for the top 
seller and the incoming National Bulb Chairman. To- 


tals are based on March 1-June 30 sales, excluding 
bid orders — so start selling early! 

Story of the season: Mary Hughes Blackwell stood 
by her garden one spring day only to see a hyacinth 
wave from side to side then disappear straight down 
into the ground from where it had grown. Something 
was amiss. "Moles make the holes but the mice do the 
eating." Solution: if you are plagued with this prob- 
lem, place a square or basket of chicken wire under 
or around your bulb at planting time. Hindu proverb: 
If you have two loaves of bread, give one to the poor. 
Sell the other and buy hyacinths for your soul. 

— Catherine Vance Johns '48, National 
Bulb Chairman 

Nominations to 
Board of Overseers 

The Executive Board of the Alumnae Association 
invites the alumnae of the College to submit to the Exe- 
cutive Board the name or names of a candidate or can- 
didates eligible to serve on the Board of Overseers, to 
succeed Patty Rixey Traugott '48, whose term on the 
Board of Overseers will expire on June 1, 1975. Accord- 
ing to Article XI of the Association by-laws, any grad- 
uate of Sweet Briar College except a member of the 
faculty or staff of the College or one currently serving 
on the Executive Board of the Association shall be eli- 
gible as a candidate for nomination to membership on 
the Board of Overseers. 

Alumnae currently serving on the Board of Over- 
seers (those nominated by the Association and elected 
by the Board of Directors) are: Betty £>OMce?f Neill '41 
(1974-78); AnneA^qvei Awtrey '43 (1973-77); Patty 
Rixey Traugott '48 (1969-1975); and VtaleHutter Harris 
'53, a member of the Board of Directors. 

Alumnae who submit candidates for nomination will 
please include biographical data of each candidate; 
will please send the information to Alumnae House no 
later than Feb. 20, 1975. According to Article XI of the 
Association by-laws, "The Executive Board shall con- 
sider these nominees and any other eligible alumnae it 

chooses and shall select from them one alumna whose 
name shall be submitted to the Association as a possi- 
ble candidate for membership on the Board of Over- 

A Book to Order 

From the 100-page book. Selected Writings of 
Lawrence Nelson, we have selected only one paragraph, 
with the hope that even a few words by the late Dr. 
Nelson will indicate the quality of his writing: "Shake- 
speare wrote for everybody. Not one of us is Shake- 
speare, but Shakespeare is every one of us. In his magic 
circle he contains and holds in the amity of art, the 
chorus of ordinary people (the thiasos) and the excep- 
tional person (the Protagonist, or the Antagonist), the 
hempen homespun and the patrician, the mob and the 
snob; and neither of these extremes in the human 
spectrum can claim exclusive rights in him, though 
both have tried to claim these rights. His world and 
his words are grandly mixed; he is at the centre of the 
human assemblage because he is supremely normal 
and completely human, and therefore quintessential 
and universal Man. The first popular poet of England, 
and perhaps the last, he is now to all appearances be- 
coming the first popular poet of the whole world, the 
'little O, the earth,' as Cleopatra saw our planet home 
in her vision of her 'man of men' . . . ." 

The Selected Writings of Lawrence Nelson is a col- 
lection of his chapel talks, poems, and essays. If you 
would like to have this book, please send your request 
to Alumnae House. Contributions are welcome. Some 
of this money is being used to help defray the cost of 
the project. Any funds remaining will be added to the 
Lawrence Nelson Award Fund. 

Please tear off and return to Alumnae House, Sweet 
Briar, Virginia 24595. 

I would like a copy of The Selected Writings of 
Lawrence Nelson, to be delivered now. 


Recent Deaths 

Mrs. Robert Dabney (Christie Storey AC). 

Mrs. Ross Potter (Elizabeth Leopold '24) 
November 2, 1972. 

Mrs. John W. Kelley (Louise Wade '25), Sep- 
tembers, 1974. 

Mrs. J. Lyons Davidson (Jette Baker "30), Octo- 
ber 24, 1974. 

Mrs. Morris B. Chesney (Lena Jones '33), 
August 1974. 

Mrs. Norman D. Jarrell (Nanette Kalin '34), 
August 3, 1974. 

Mrs. Kent Ravenscroft (Catherine Mitchell '36) 
October 5, 1974. 

Mr. G. Scaling Corbyn (Jane Van Cleef '46), 
February 1973. 

Mrs. William A. Stuart, Jr. (Cynthia Bemiss 
'47), June 16, 1974. 

What is Your Career? 

"Rich man, poor man, beggarman, thief, doctor, 
lawyer, Indian chief." As children we lightly chose our 
future careers from the list. As alumnae we take the 
matter more seriously, and seriously we ask you to fill 
out the form below and tell us of your professional 
careers. Are you in medicine, law, education, music, 
art, theatre, writing or in Indian Affairs? Alumnae 
House needs this information, and we should appreci- 
ate your help. 

Please tear off and return to Alumnae House, Sweet 
Briar, Virginia 24595. 


Career _ 


Xheck here if contribution is enclosed. 





_ "ounders" Day, October 15, 1974: President 
Whiteman honored the College and the Sweet Briar 
alumnae when he announced the names of the two 
recipients of the Annual Alumnae Award for 1974— 
Florence FreewaM Fowler '19 and Helen McMahon '23. 

O peaking of Flo FreewflM Fowler, Dr. Whiteman 
said in part, "She must be imbued with a sense of the 
value and the joy of life." These words, he continued, 
"did not come from a Women's Lib publication, but 

from the "Victory Briar Patch of 1919 And now, 

56 years later, this passage still seems relevant, it cer- 
tainly describes the alumna whom we honor today. 
"From all 1 have heard of her, and from the as- 
sociation I have had with her in the three years I have 
been President of Sweet Briar, 1 know that she has 
indeed been inbued with a sense of the value and the 
joy of life. A classmate of hers writes, 'Her outstanding 
service began when she entered college. I remember 
how she used to roll the tennis courts after each rain 
... an ungainly iron roller filled with water was pushed 
by her and one of the old men who had survived plan- 
tation days, back and forth many times over each 

"She was active in all aspects of college life, parti- 
cularly as head of the Athletic Association and as a 
member of the Merry Jesters, as Paint and Patches 
was known .... 

"This alumna organized and was the first president 


Florence Freeman Fowler with other members of the Class of 1919 
who were here for their 55th Reunion in June 1974. To Mrs. Fowler's 
left are Isabel Wood Holt, Carrie Sharpe Sanders and Elizabeth 

of the Westchester Sweet Briar Club. She was chair- 
man of the Eastern Area Alumnae Building Fund in 
the 1928 campaign. She was class Fund Agent from 
1934-1940, and has twice served on the Executive Board 
of the Alumnae Association. She served as co-chair- 
man for the fund which built our Memorial Chapel. 

"Another classmate wrote, 'The Alumnae Office 
will have in its memory-store her staunch support of 
alumnae clubs, her strenuous efforts to pull peripheral 
alumnae together, her encouragement of young wo- 
men to attend our College As permanent president 

of our class of 1921 she has spent much time and sub- 
stance to keep us interwoven with the life of the 

"Although she remains devoted to Sweet Briar's past, 
it is its present and future which has her real atten- 
tion and interest. She has welcomed the growth and 
the changes in her beloved College. She was delighted 
when Sweet Briar began to teach Anthropology, as 
long before this she had begun a fund in the Library 
for this department. Yes, all her life she has been im- 
bued with a sense of the value and joy of life. It is with 
much pleasure that I present to Florence Free/«c3« 
Fowler. Class of 1919, the Alumnae Award of 1974." 

Helen McMahon 


mcky the college whose Alumnae Secretary, and 
then Book Shop manager is not only an alumna but 
also Exhibit A of the kind of character for which any 
college would like to take some credit. Alumnae who 
knew Helen Mac when she was their Secretary recall 
the masterful way she tackled her job, and they find 
procedures still in use which she first established. They 
realize, too, the genuineness of the warmth and friend- 
ship she brought to the office, since she has continued 
to keep in touch with them long after leaving that 
office for the Book Shop. 

"As Book Shop manager she reacted far beyond the 
call of duty to a faculty which, through an historical 
quirk, was responsible for the Book Shop. During her 
regime the Shop was able to build itself new quarters 
and to continue its support of the College's scholar- 
ship program. She made the Book Shop, even in its 
old cramped quarters, a home away from home for 
the entire community, alumnae, parents and guests. 
She remembered our names, kept in touch with us, 
and made all of us feel on crossing the threshold that 
we were the very people she was aching to see. 

"Most importantly, however, she unwittingly edu- 
cated generations of students by exposing them to the 
first rate; her sure judgment could weigh quality, dis- 
tinguish between the true and the spurious, the endur- 

ing and the transitory, the genuine and the synthetic; 
there is no way of counting the number of alumnae 
who will forever be unsatisfied with anything but the 
best through having touched and examined the con- 
tents of Helen's Shop. 

"As though early morning and late night hours at 
the Book Shop weren't enough, Helen also performed 
all the acts which fill the lives of unsung heroes. As 
pillar of the Amherst County Sweet Briar Club she pro- 
vided ideas and muscle for everything from bake sales 
to house tours to buffet lunches. She was called on to 
decorate Sweet Briar House and Wailes Center, to meet 
planes, to carry people to hospitals and doctors, to man 
booths on Amherst County Day and at the Christmas 
Bazaar, to make a batch of brownies quickly, to assist 
in fire drills, to wrap gifts, to house visiting firemen. 

"And one of her most endearing gifts to her College 
she made by providing us with some of our liveliest 
and most loyal students and alumnae. She had such a 
magnetic effect on girls at Camp Allegheny and then at 
Glen Laurel that over a period of many years each crop 
of freshmen probably contained one or more Helen 
Mac devotees. This gift she made not by recruiting, 
but just by being herself; it is this self which she has 
given to her College in rich measure. We now thank 
her for what she has done for so many years with no 
thought of reward." 



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Lugene O'Neill said, "None of us can help the things 
life does to us. They're done before you realize it and 
once they're done they make you do other things until 
at last everything comes between you and what you'd 
like to be and you've lost your true self forever." 

What O'Neill says applies, in my experience, to the 
lives of many friends as well as to my own life. We all 
grow and change because new people and new circum- 
stances press on us making demands, requiring at- 
tention, consideration, thought and worry, and making 
life complex. Today my children have left home, and 
for the fifth time I find myself in a new community. 
This has required a willingness to forget private wants 
and to consider above all the needs of my family and 


my husband's new job. How has this nomadic life of 
frequent changes of people, places, and ideas affected 

It has taught me that adaptability is a most impor- 
tant virtue and that my liberal arts education helped 
prepare me not for any one thing but for everything. 
In the role as a college president's wife the unexpected 
surrounds me daily especially in the age of "more joy" 
and "future shock." Playing a sympathetic role with 
both the students and their parents is a constant chal- 
lenge. I understand fully both sides. There have been 
many changes in our mores in the last ten years and 

probably more in the last 25 than in the previous 250 
years. My own children have had opportunities and 
interests which so differed from mine; and this ex- 
perience, I am certain is shared by the parents of to- 
day's students. 

Our chaplain, Fred Schumacher, believes as I do that 
as parents we must be aware of and sensitive to our 
children's desires, confident and graceful parents, and 
an invisible means of support. 


'ur silent love should be ever present. Our children 
should be able to say, "You didn't seem to do anything 
but be there. And yet a harbor doesn't do anything 
either, except to stand there with arms always out- 
stretched, waiting for the traveler to come home." 

Edith Davis Whiteman, wife of the President of the College, is a 
graduate of Vanderbilt University, class of 1946. An English major, 
Mrs. Whiteman was a member of Tri-Arts, the Athletic Board, 
Athenians, and Kappa Alpha Theta sororit}'. In 1974 she was elected 
as one of two alumni trustees to the Vanderbilt University Board 
of Trust. She also is a trustee of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, 
Staunton, Virginia, the Alliance Francaise, Lynchburg, Virginia, 
and the Lynchburg Historical Foundation. 

It is also important to have fixed values in this parti- 
cular time of constant human involvements when others 
turn more and more to me and I am less and less able 
to turn to them. It has become clear that to think cri- 
tically and helpfully, I must have a place to stand. 
Values are being revised by students, and less confi- 
dence than ever is being shown by them in the inherited 
guidelines to daily living. Doubts about what is right 
and wrong can produce loss of confidence and hope. 

Oince I believe I have learned, in the words of St. 
Paul, "Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things 
are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever 
things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, what- 
soever things are of good report," I can stand face to 
face with these students in their seeking and their ques- 
tioning. And once again I am grateful for my liberal 
arts background which forced me to find my own fixed 

It is important, furthermore, to learn how to be alone 
but not lonely. A liberal arts education teaches us how 
to overcome loneliness and to be alone happily. Lonely 
times are bound to come. Creative solitude brings re- 
wards to us personally and in our relationships with 
other people. 

Fortunately, at Sweet Briar there is less chance of 
being lonely than at a large university where one can 
get lost in the crowds and feel self-pity. 

I try to convey to the students that their time as an 
adult is longer than their time as a child, in this brief 
life span on earth. This is difficult for them to realize 
because our society is too youth-oriented. Problems 
will mount. With roots, purpose, commitments and 
dependability these problems will become sur- 

kJharing and giving to others bring great satisfaction 
to life — this is my philosophy, this is what makes me 
tick. Of "sharing and giving," let's remember the words 
of Jonathan Livingston Seagull: "It's good to be a 
seeker, but sooner or later you have to be a finder. And 
then it is well to give what you have found, a gift into 
the world for whoever will accept it." 

To be a woman in this country today, says the author 
Cynthia Seton, is not a liability but rather it is a special 
and a curious blessing. A blessing it is; and a blessing, 
I might suggest, that comes when a woman acquires 
adaptability, when she finds her own fixed values, and 
when she appreciates and understands the joys of crea- 
tive solitude. 



the editor's 

Virginia Woolf said that every woman needs "a room 
of one's own." Fortunately I have such a room, and it 
is accurately described as a room of organized clutter: 
the desk is placed next to a window overlooking a hill- 
side where no bulbs grow; only weeds and ivy and trees 
flourish in the rocky soil. There are shelves of books 
on three walls; files of Sweet Briar letters, papers and 
magazines line one wall; photos are everywhere and 
there is a typewriter, Webster's Second International, 
etc., and a telephone. This room of clutter is where 
one can think, be alone, read, and now and then ring 
up Langley Wood and Ann Reams and talk about our 
Alumnae Magazine. 

On a grey morning in late November the phone rang. 
It was 8:45 a.m. A friend said, "Did you know that 
1974 is the 300th anniversary of the death of John 
Milton?" Now, any Sweet Briar alumna should know 
that: but I did not, especially at 8:45 a.m. "Tell me 
more," and she did. By 9:30 I was skimming my college 
text on Milton and following my friend's thoughts. The 
first remark was, "Who in the world is reading John 
Milton anymore, except the English majors in college?" 
The last remark was, "Let us give thanks for John 
Milton," which seemed appropriate as the day of 
Thanksgiving was at hand. 

Between the first and last comments are the follow- 
ing words. Tliey were written by my friend and pub- 
lished in the Dsiyton Journal Herald on Thanksgiving 
Day 1974: 

A Word of Thanks, by Rosamond M. Young. 

The day of thanks has come again. Regrettably, some 
will take no time at all on this day of the big dinner 
and the football game to say thanks for anything. 
Others will pause to say their thanks for health, for 
possessions, for happiness, for friends. 

As for me. I am going to say a few words of thank- 
fulness for John Milton. 

Probably the fact that 1974 is the 300th anniversary 
of John Milton s death has escaped most of us. But in 
recognition of that event, the Folger Shakespeare Li- 
brary on Capitol Hill, Washington, has opened an ex- 
hibition called "The Age of Milton. " On display for 
the next few months will be among other books, a 1645 
first collection of his poems, the 1667 "Paradise Lost, " 
the "Ode on the Morning ofChrists Nativity. " 

Who will attend the exhibition, we wonder? Scholars 
and professors will go, of course, and college students 
and perhaps a few high school pupils inveigled by their 
teachers. The DAR may send a committee and perhaps 


the Upper Darby League of Women Voters may or- 
ganize afield trip. Inveterate attenders of internments 
and museums may go and those few persons who read 

Milton is certainly the second greatest writer of En- 
glish if not the first, but who reads Milton nowadays? 

Henn' Mitchell, writing in the Washington Post re- 
cently about the exhibition observed, "Some say that 
nobody reads Milton now except perhaps in the South 
where, the theory goes, they are way behind the times 
and where there is nothing better to do, as one might 
play whist in Philadelphia in lieu of robuster vices. " 

It would be interesting to know how many persons in 
our own town have of their own free choice picked up 
a volume of Milton the past year and read so much as 
ten lines. He is not easy reading, of course. An ordinary 
writer, describing a domestic scene in a passage worthy 
to be reprinted in Reader's Digest might say, "Morning 
came and Adam, who had slept well, awoke. He found 
Eve sleeping beside him, her hair in disarray. " 

Milton said it this way: 
"Now morn her rosie steps in th 'Eastern Clime 
Advancing, sow 'd the Earth with Orient Pearle, 
When Adam wak 't, so ciistomd, for his sleep 
Was Aerie light, from pure digestion, bred. 
And temperat vapors bland, which th ' only sound 
Of leaves and fuming rills, Aurora 's fan. 
Lightly dispers 'd, and the shrill Matin Song 
Of Birds on every bough: so much the more 
His wonder was to find unwak 'nd Eve 
With Tresses discompos'd . ..." 

This kind of language is pure, artistic, exalted: and a 
generation that grew up with Reader's Digest, TV 
Guide and even the late Life and Look can hardly be 
expected to carry even a slim volume of Milton to read 
while standing in line at the bank nor to engage in a 
discussion of the plot of "Paradise Lost" at the dinner 

Who reads Milton now? Those who are helplessly 
behind the times, says Henry Mitchell, and who have 
not much idea what is happening in the world today 
except their tenuous connection with it. There may be 
others, too, those who cannot balance a check book. 

who sprain an ankle looking at a cardinal in a tree, 
who make tea in a pot with leaves instead of bags, who 
sit by a fireplace of an evening even when wood costs 
$50 a cord. And before all of us get too much older we 
might give at least one passing glance to some of the 
noblest English ever written, penned by a man 300 
years in his grave. 

He wrote a Christmas piece in 1629 when he was 21, 
a 212-line poem describing the events of one night near- 
ly 2,000 years ago. Two stanzas of that poem will serve 
to welcome the season that Thanksgiving begins and 
this year, at any rate, if you persist to the end, you will 
have read a bit of John Milton: 
"This is the Month, and this the happy morn 
Wherin the Son ofHeav 'ns eternal King, 
Of wedded Maid, and Virgin Mother born, 
Our great redemption from above did bring; 
For so the holy sages once did sing. 
Our deadly forfeit should release. 
And with his father work us a perpetual peace . . . 
"See how from far upon the Eastern rode 
The Star-led Wisards haste with odours sweet, 
O run, prevent them with thy humble ode. 
And lay it lowly at his blessed feet: 
Have thou the honor first, thy Lord to greet, 

Andjoyn thy voice unto the Angel Quire, 
From out his secret Altar toucht with hallow 'd 

fire ..." 

Thanksgiving and Christmas of 1974 are gone; but 
the words of our great writers live with us always. On 
the 23rd of this April we all might re-read Milton's 
poem "On Shakespear" (1630: "Dear son of memory, 
great heir of Fame . . ."). And this spring, why not look 
up Milton's song, "On May morning"? "Now the 
bright morning Star, Dayes harbinger. Comes dancing 
from the East . . . Thus we salute thee with our Early 
Song, And welcome thee, and wish thee long." 

Words in their own way may well help us to find "a 
room of one's own," 

— The Editor 


You're right: it's the Aints & 
Asses of 1952-53. First row: Olivia 
Cantey, Betty Behlen, Lisbeth 
Gibson, Jane Dawson, Caroline 
Moody, Katherine Hudson, Jeanne 
Stoddart, Burney Parrott, Betsy 
Parrott. Second row: Joan Brophy, 
Ethel Green, Barbara Chase, 
Margaret Ewart, Martha Black. 
Third row: Kirkland Tucker, 
Preston Stockton, Anne Elliott, 
Bette Smith, Rosalie Ogilvie. 

Anybody know the year of "Pride and Prejudice" at SBC? We recognize 
five Thespians: Anne Burr, Blanche Fleming, Betty Ivins, Anna Redfern, 
Llewellyn Griffith. Who is the missing name? 

Heavens to Betsy, one of the girls lost the elastic from her bloomer. Was 
this the hockey outfit in 1920? The athletes are Fanny Ellsworth '21, Flo 
Freeman '19, Rosanne Gilmore '19, Ellen Wolf '21, and Maynette Rozelle 
'21, but not necessarily in that order. You figure it out. 


The gillies and saddle shoes (ell us it's the vear 
1933, give or take a year or two. We don't know 
what group it is, but Elizabeth Bmui Wood '34 
gives us the names: left to right: Langhorne Watts, 
Mary Moore, Leiia van Lear, Mary E. demons, 
Julia Daughtery, Morjorie Ris, Lois Foster, Cotton 
Skinner, Sue Kellev, Margaret Lanier, Jane Cul- 
bertson, Eleana Dotv, Helen Hanson. 

What in the world was going on in 1933? 

Hockey in 1961. Knees are prettier than bloomers. 
First row: Patsy Cox, Linda Long, Puss Prichard, 
Mand} McCormick, Lee Daughtridge, Meg Mac- 
Kenzie, Nancy Wood, Lynn Morgan, Eileen Stroud. 
Second row: Margaret Thowron, Rachel Field, Mary 
J. Schroder, Nancy Dixon. Leaning over the VW 
and holding the hockey stick is Mary Jane Oliver. 
She should know the others here. 




Forms of Charitable Gifts Utilizing Tax Incentives 

I. Outright Gifts. ■ 

A. From Income — deductible from taxable in- 
come up to 50% of your adjusted gross income 
and excess can be carried over for additional 
five years. 

B. From Capital — appreciated property (stocks, 
real estate, etc.) given intact is credited as 
charitable deduction at full fair market value 
with no capital gains tax to pay. Deductible 
up to 30% of annual income with excess car- 
ried over five years. 

II. Deferred Gifts earning immediate chari- 
table deduction for annual income tax 
and reducing gross estate: 

A. Life Insurance — policy transferred to college 
as owner. Annual premiums deducted as chari- 
table contribution and also credited on annual 
alumnae giving. Deduction approximates the 
cash value at time of gift. 

B. Irrevocable Life Income Trusts: 

(1) Annuity Trust — Guaranteed annual re- 
turn to donor and/or other beneficiary of 
a minumum of 5% annually. Bank, trust 
company, or other acts as trustee. Pay- 
ments to donor determined when corpus is 
evaluated at beginning of life of trust. If 
investments increase in value, corpus in- 
creases to the benefit of remainderman 
(Sweet Briar); if initial investments de- 
crease in value, corpus may have to be 
invaded to make up guaranteed payments. 

(2) Unitrust — Guaranteed annual return to 
donor and/or designated beneficiary of a 
minimum of 5%, but corpus is reeval- 
uated annually. Pay-outs fluctuate with 
value of corpus. Bank or other third party 
is trustee, college is remainderman. Great 
flexibility of design possible to meet 
donor's objectives. 

(3) Sweet Briar College Pooled Income Fund 
— born September 7, 1974, is all set to 
grow and prosper. It operates like a mu- 
tual fund and is ideal for the donor who 

wants to do something for the College, 
needs the spendable income, but is not in a 
position to set up an independent trust. 
Range of gifts is from $5,000 to $50,000. 
Gifts of $1,000 can be accepted if donor is 
building toward $5,000 minimum. Pay-out 
is based on earnings of corpus. 
C. Remainder Interest in Personal Residence or 
Farm — Remainder interest figured on for- 
mula of fair market value of property and act- 
uarial life expectancy of donor. Owner retains 
all rights and privileges of property through 
life and it goes to Sweet Briar at "termination 
of contract" (the estate-planner's word for 
"death"). If value has increased. College has 
to pay no capital gains and donor's estate 
benefits by reduction of gross estate. 

///. Testamentary Gifts: 

All forms of giving outlined above can be put in 
effect by a will. The danger is that many people 
procrastinate about making these provisions, and 
millions of dollars annually "escheat to the state" 
or pile up in probate for lack of proper estate- 
planning. Traditionally, people are loath to re- 
linquish control of their funds, and certainly 
Sweet Briar does not want to encourage planned 
gifts that would be to the detriment of the donor 
or her heirs. 

But it is a different day in giving now, and while 
the government is still encouraging us to support 
charitable institutions by making it advantageous 
to give money away, we want to help you make 
the most of your opportunities. As you are col- 
lecting the data for your '74 taxes, resolve now to 
put your estate plans in better shape for this year's 
taxes and for life. 

For specific, detailed and confidential information 
telephone (804-381-5571) or write: 

Julia S. de Coligny, 
Director of Estate Planning 
Sweet Briar College 
Sweet Briar, Virginia 24595 




Sweet Briar 

May22, 23, 24, 1975 

Ri'iiiiioii Clussi'.s 

Teiiuiiive Sclii'cliiU' 

1910 (65tli) 

Thursday, May 22 



3-6 p.m. 


1920 (55th) 


Cocktail party with faculty 



7 p.m. 



Fridav, Mav 23 


10 a.m. 

State of the College 


12:30 p.m. 

Luncheon honoring Reunion classes 


2 p.m. 

Class meetings and elections 


3-6 p.m. 

Fun and Games 


Bus toin-solcampus 

1 9(i0 


Class picnics 


Saturday, Mav 24 


IO-12"a.m. " 

Alumnae College 

12:30 p.m. 

Limeh in Sweet Briar Gardens 

Cover phulugraph h\ Marian Dolan '76 of alumnae of recent vintage vvho are working in various staff positions: 1, Kathy 

Kavanagh '74 (Assistant for Alumnae-Development Activities); 2, Betty Ran Schewel '70 (Assistant in Art); 3, Elizabeth 

Andrews '74 (Assistant to the Director of Career Counseling); 4, Peggy Crawford Reichard '74 (Assistant in Education); 

5, Rosalind Ray '74 (Admission Counselor); 6, Janie Reeb '74 (Admission Counselor); 7, Scottie O'Toolc '73 (Admission 

Counselor); 8, Susan Fitzgerald '74 (Admission Counselor); 9, Jane Maloney (see below ); 10, Sandra Taylor '74 (Admission 

Counselor); 11, Karen Hartnett '70 (sec page 4). 


"Why do you want to work at Sweet Briar? You've 
already spent four years of your life here." 

Speculators vary in their answers to this question. 
The more practical minded suggest that working alum- 
nae are those who take advantage of Sweet Briar's own 
cash rebate program. Get your tuition back and go to 
grad school! Others, more psychologically oriented, 
contend that those who stay are copping out, avoiding 
the world, seeking shelter by staying in the same rural, 
academic atmosphere, looking for a fifth year of col- 
lege. Let's explore another alternative: 

The fact cannot be denied that somehow Sweet Briar 
leaves its mark on its graduates, whether it be a deeper 
appreciation for an academic field, a greater under- 
standing of their own potential, both as a student and 
as a person, or, more generally, a keener awareness of 
life itself: its people, its possibilities, its risks and sor- 
rows, comforts and joys. Four years at Sweet Briar 
mean something different to every individual; however, 
they do make a difference. 

In the fifth year, you dedicate yourself to that dif- 
ference. In short, you stop living college life and start 
helping to make the college live for those to follow, 
those for whom Sweet Briar will also make a difference. 
Whether it be through teaching, recruiting, money 
raising or bettering the existing foundations of Sweet 
Briar's operations and programs, your efforts are made 
in order to offer students a strong and vital institution, 
one in which they can take pride — as you have. 

Once you assume these new responsibilities your 
identification with student life fades as your attention 
is drawn more to the operation of the college. And yet, 
as if on a spiral staircase, you continue to review that 
life on a different plane and begin to recognize the 
many and various ingredients that made it so special. 
Possibly you discover the truly enriching value of an 
out-of-class lecture or some of the other fringe bene- 
fits that were available to you as a student but that 
were a bit too time-consuming then. The discovery that 
alumnae are not all ghosts returning with their check- 
books to haunt students and sway college policies is a 
heartwarming one; after all, you are one of "them" 
now! You begin to marvel at their dedication to Sweet 
Briar and the large part they play in improving stu- 
dent life. Your appreciation for the faculty and admini- 
stration continues to grow as you now realize to a 
greater extent their desire to make the academic and 
extra-curricular life of the college more invigorating 
and fulfilling for each student. 

The fifth year is not a continuation of college life; it 
is an ex-tension of your interest in the life of the college 
and its students. Your perspective and perceptions 
change and your loyalty grows deeper but your belief 
in Sweet Briar's ideals remains constant. These ideals 
constitute your purpose: their perpetuation is your re- 
bate. Who could ask for luure? 

Jane Maloney '73 
Assistant to The Director of Admission 

Volume 45, Number 3, Spring 1975 
Editor: Catharine Fitzgerald Booker '47 
Managing Editor: Ann Morrison Reams '42 
Class Notes Editor: Carolyn Bates 

2 The Treasurer's Report 
By Peter V. Daniel 

4 Money Matters 

By Karen J. Hartnett 

7 Munich: Music in Performance 
By Lucile Umbreit 

9 Letters to the Editor 

1 1 Briar Patches 

17 Profiles 

25 An Overseer's Question 

28 Farewell to Us 

30 The Editor's Room 

Issued four times yearly: fall, winter, spring and summer, by 
Sweet Briar College. Second class postage paid at Sweet Briar. 
Virginia 24595, and at additional offices. Printed by J. P. Bell 
& Co.. Inc.. Lynchburg, Va. Send form 3579 to Sweet Briar Col- 
lege, Box E, Sweet Briar, Virginia 24595. 



The Treasurer's Report 


Vice President and Treasurer, 

Sweet Briar College 

The financial results for Sweet Briar College cover- 
ing the fiscal year 1973-74 are very noteworthy. At a 
time of unpredictably spiralling costs, the uncertainty 
of the ecomony , and the resulting difficulties of pre- 
paring realistic budget projections, the College not only 
operated in the black but also had one of its most suc- 
cessful financial years ever. 

These gratifying results are due in large measure to 
the loyalty and generosity of the alumnae. Board of 
Overseers, parents and friends of the College. 

The total resources of the College on June 30, 1974, 
were $26,488,617, an increase of $3,517,81 1 over the 
previous year. Most of this increase is centered in the 
Endowment Fund where bequests from Cornelia and 
Edward T. Wailes amounted to $1,602, 658. For the 
year, total additions to the Endowment Fund through 
gifts, bequests and sale of securities were $2,249,039, 
bringing the total of the book value of this fund to 

$10,649,630 at the end of the year. On the same date 
the market value was $11,319,318. 

The Half Century and $28,000,000 Funds which are 
primarily scheduled for plant improvements reflected 
an increaseof $51 7, 115 during the year. The fund for 
the renovation of Benedict Hall (actual work on this 
project — estimated at $1,550.000 — began last July and 
is scheduled for completion in January, 1976) was the 
principal beneficiary of this increase. 

Operationally, the College experienced an excellent 
year despite the ravages of worsening inflation. Much 
of this was achieved through a combination of belt- 
tightening and increased income from endowment, an- 
nual giving, and current investment income. The latter 
category resulted in revenues of $230,460, and involved 
the investment of student fees and other general funds 
of the College in short-term interest-bearing securities 
such as government and quasi-government notes and 
bonds, commercial paper, and bank certificates of 
deposit. The unusually high interest rates during fiscal 
year 1974 were of great benefit to the college. 

Tables covering the Balance Sheet and a Summary of 
Income and Expense for the fiscal year ending June 
30, 1974, are set below (June 30, 1973, figures are also 
shown for comparison purposes): 

For Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 1973 and 1974 





Accounts, Notes, Dividends 

Receivable and Due From 

Other College Funds 


Deferred Costs and 





Land, Buildings and Equipment 





Accounts Payable, Due to Other 

College Funds, and Other 

Current Liabilities 


Notes or Bonds Payable 


Fund Balances: 

Current Fund -Restricted and 



Loan Fund 


Endowment Fund 


Half Century Fund 


Plant Fund 


















For Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 1973 and 1974 






Educational and General 

and General 

and General 

Student Fees 





Endowment Income 





Gifts and Grants 





Other Sources 





Total Educational and General 



Auxiliary Enterprises 



Total Income 




Educational and General 











Student Services 





Operation & Maintenance 

of Physical Plant 





General Administration 





Public Services & Information 





General Institutional 





Student Aid 





Total Educational and General 



Auxiliary Enterprises 






Reserve-Natural Resources 



Reserve-Book Shop 






Total Expenses and Reserves 





Director of Financial Aid 
and Career Counseling 

Financial aid: Scholarships. Work-study jobs. 
Private loans. Bank loans. National Direct Student 
Loans. Basic Educational Opportunity Grants. Na- 
tional Merit exams. Application forms. Parents" Con- 
fidential Statements. Numbers, numbers and more 

For many parents whose children are applying to 
college in 1975, these words begin to identify the 
mysterious process of applying for financial aid. Reams 
of paper are exchanged between parents and the Col- 
lege. Countless forms are completed, endless figures 
are requested, and no one asks for the same infor- 
mation in quite the same way. 

At Sweet Briar we are trying to eliminate the mystery 
which surrounds the financial aid program. The pro- 
cedures which the student and her family must follow 
in applying for aid are straightforward and relatively 
simple. All applicants receive equitable treatment in 
the Financial Aid Committee's evaluation of their need 
for funds, and the College attempts to meet the full 
demonstrated need for assistance which each applicant 

The basic premise on which Sweet Briar's aid pro- 
grams rests is that we will provide financial help for 
those students who could not attend Sweet Briar with- 
out it. 

Onlv students who are offered admission are con- 

sidered for financial aid; upperclass students are ex- 
pected to maintain good academic standing and a satis- 
factory record as a college citizen. The philosophy of 
the Committee on Financial Aid is that we wish to 
make the Sweet Briar experience available to all stu- 
dents who will profit from it and who will contribute 
to the community's life, regardless of the student's fi- 
nancial situation. This goal necessitates a substantial 
investment in scholarship and loan funds, and we have 
been tremendously grateful to the alumnae all over 
the country whose enthusiastic support has made it 
possible for us to approach our goal. 


Let us look at the procedures by which financial 
aid is awarded at Sweet Briar. An entering student 
who wishes to be considered for aid must indicate this 
on her application for admission; when she is a regis- 
tered candidate for admission, she is sent two forms 
which comprise her aid application. She must complete 
and return one form to the Financial Aid Office by 
November 1 if she is an Early Decision candidate, or 

February 15 if she is a regular applicant. Upperclass 
students may pick up their forms from the Aid Office 
and should return them by January 15. 

The Sweet Briar application details the operation 
of the aid process for the student. She must develop a 
budget of her anticipated expenses for the coming 
year, including costs of fees, transportation, books, 
supplies and personal expenses. The student must also 
examine potential resources of funds to meet college 
costs, excluding any aid which she might receive from 
Sweet Briar. Possible sources include savings from 
summer earnings ($400 minimum expected from enter- 
ing students: $600 minimum from upperclass students); 
social security or veteran benefits; personal savings; 
help from relatives; outside scholarships; and contri- 
butions from parents. Both the student and her parents 
must sign the form, attesting that all sources have been 
examined and that the expense budget is realistic. 

The second form which must be completed is the 
Parents' Confidential Statement of the College Scholar- 
ship Service. The PCS, as it is called, gives a detailed 
picture of the family's financial strength. Only the 
Financial Aid Committee of the College has access to 
the PCS. 

Much of the information may be taken from the 
federal income tax return, and the PCS directions 
refer to certain lines of the 1040 form. While many 
families wince at the thought of completing the PCS, 
it is vital to the aid award process because it is our only 
indication of the family's ability to pay for college. 
Since the aid program is based on need, we must have 
the PCS from every applicant's family if we are to con- 
sider all students in an equitable manner. 

There are two classes of information collected on 
the PCS: annual income and assets. Annual income in- 
cludes salary for both parents; dividends and interest; 
net profit from business or farm and other taxable 
income. In analyzing this portion of the PCS, allow- 
ances are made against income for living costs based 
on a moderate standard of living for the size of the 
family (number of people dependent on that income). 
Federal, state and FICA taxes are deducted, as are al- 
lowable emergency expenses and medical costs which 
exceed 5% of annual income. 

Assets are considered part of the family's financial 
strength, and a certain portion of assets are deemed 

available to meet college costs according to the size of 
assets and the age of the major wage earner. Because 
most families accumulate assets for retirement, fewer 
of the assets are tapped as the wage earner approaches 
age 65. 

A family's assets include equity in home and other 
real estate, savings, investments, ownership of business 
or farm. (If a family has an outstanding debt, an al- 
lowance is made against assets for that debt.) The per- 
centage of assets available is added to the income re- 
maining after allowances are deducted; the resulting 
figure represents that portion of the family's income 
over which they exercise discretion in its use. 

The College assumes that the first priority the family 
will have for these funds is to meet college costs. Based 
on the number of dependents and the number of 
children in college, an estimate is made of how much 
the parents can contribute towards college costs from 
discretionary income. If more than one child is attend- 
ing college, the amount available for college is divided 
among them equally. 

Every financial aid application is given the same 
analysis, and the Director reviews each computer print- 
out to be sure that every fair allowance is given to the 
applicant. Sweet Briar, for example, makes a small al- 
lowance for private secondary school tuition. By re- 
viewing each PCS, we catch computer error and make 
appropriate adjustments. 

Finally, the parents' contribution is added to the 
student's contribution (summer earnings and all bene- 
fits). This figure is compared to the student's budget, 
and the difference between these two figures is the stu- 
dent's financial need. It is this amount which we at- 
tempt to meet with financial aid. 

Forms of Aid 

Aid is awarded at Sweet Briar in three forms: grants, 
loans, and self-help jobs. For upperclass students, the 
grant portion comprises 60% of their total award; the 
self-help portion (loan plus job) is the other 40%. No 
student is asked to take more than $ 1 ,000 as a loan. 

and most self-help jobs do not exceed $500. Entering 
student awards are 70% grant and 30% self-help. While 
all upperclass students are expected to hold jobs as 
part of their financial aid. entering students are given 
the option of borrowing the full 30% (not to exceed 
$1,000) or taking a job for five hours a week. The Com- 
mittee offers this option to entering students in the be- 
lief that many freshmen prefer not to commit them- 
selves to a job until they have had time to adjust to 
college life and establish a study routine. 

Several references have been made to the Financial 
Aid Committee. It is important to understand that the 
financial aid program is administered by a Director 
within policies set by the Committee. The Committee 
is composed of five faculty members, the Dean, the 
Assistant Dean, the Director of Admission, the Assis- 
tant Dean of Student Affairs, and the Director of Fi- 
nancial Aid. who is the Chairman. This is an important 
group of people because, in addition to approving in- 
dividual aid awards, they set policy for the program, 
recommend terms of new scholarships, select recipients 
of named scholarships and act as watchdogs for the 

Alumnae Clubs 

The alumnae are wisely concerned to know how the 
money they have worked so hard to raise for scholar- 
ship is awarded. Once need has been determined, and 
an award package of grant and self-help has been re- 
commended, we then turn to sources of aid funds and 
distribute them among recipients. 

In February, the Alumnae Office sends each Sweet 
Briar Alumnae Club an Endowed Scholarship Report 
form. The Club is given the amount of its scholar- 
ship's corpus and an estimate of its earnings to be 
awarded the following September. The Club is asked 
to return the Report form to Alumnae House as soon 
as possible before May 1. If the Financial Aid Com- 
mittee is to award Club funds in accordance with Club 
wishes, we must know them in the spring. 

Qubs also sent an Annual Scholarship Report form. 
Here, the Qub may indicate an award in addition to 
its endowed scholarship, if the Club has one, or its 
yearly award, if no endowed scholarship has been 
started. Again, it is vital that we hear from our Clubs 
as early as possible to know how much money will be 
available for scholarships in the fall. 

In May, the Committee meets to confirm recipients 
of named and Club scholarships for the following 

September. In addition to the Club awards, we are 
fortunate in having endowed scholarships from many 
other sources: individual alumnae, foundations, par- 
ents, and many friends. 

Through the combined generosity of these friends, 
we were able to award over $95,700 from endowed 
scholarships in 1974-1975. Annual alumnae scholar- 
ships totaled nearly $3,000. and annual gifts from 
foundations and other sources were over $15,500. The 
combined total of scholarships made possible hy your 
generosity was over $1 14,000. We are truly grateful 
to all our friends for their continuing loyalty and 

Other Aid Sources 

Each year the College also contributes to the scholar- 
ship program through the Amherst County Grants and 
the General Scholarship Fund. Loans are offered to stu- 
dents from three funds: The National Direct Student 
Loan Program (a federally subsidized loan), the Mary 
and Lee Ashcraft Loan Fund and the Sweet Briar Col- 
lege Loan Fund. 

For 1975-76 we expect a much greater need for finan- 
cial aid than we saw in 1974-75. The economy has af- 
fected all families, and income which was discre- 
tionary last year will be needed to meet normal living 
costs next year. We are applying for more government 
aid funds, and all aid recipients will be required to 
apply for state aid programs where such are available. 
The need for student financial assistance will grow 
rapidly over the next several years, and we are firmly 
committed to increasing the amount of available funds. 

Last year the income levels of families receiving 
tlnancial assistance ranged from under $5,000 to over 
$30,000. Every aid recipient needed financial help, 
and none of the 112 student-recipients could have at- 
tended Sweet Briar without it. These are academical- 
ly able students. The Emilie Watts McVea Scholar in 
each class is a financial aid student, for example. And 
nearly every aid student participates actively in our 
community life, from tutoring children to working 
with the QV's and Paint and Patches. 

With your help, we shall continue to meet our com- 
mitment to these students. We shall continue to make 
the Sweet Briar experience possible for all students 
who will benefit from it and who will contribute to 
our community life, now as students and later as our 
Sweet Briar alumnae. 


Munich: Music in Performance 


(L-R) Phjilis Schulman, Vicki Sams, Miss Umbreit, Lynn Norris. 

In twenty-one days we saw and heard seven operas 
(there were only six different ones at the Bavarian State 
Opera House during our sojourn; the seventh we heard 
in a concert performance at the Herculessaal), three 
Stravinsky ballets, Mendelssohn's f/Z/'a/!, a chamber 
music concert of Bach music, a piano recital by Andre 
Watts, a student piano recital at the Hochschule fur 
Musik, and the first half of Goethe's Faust at the 
Residenz theater. 

Two of the operas, Falstaff and Don Giovanni, had 
been produced at last summer's Munich Music Festi- 
val. The leading performers were the same: Dietrich 
Fischer-Dieskau as Falstaff and Ruggero Raimondi as 
Don Giovanni. It would have been extremely difficult 
to have found better artists, and we had the great ad- 
vantage of winter prices even though tickets were very 
hard to come by: no more than four tickets per person 
and a minimum waiting line of two hours. 

In addition we enjoyed a new production of Die 
Fledermaus with the almost inevitable result — a magni- 
ficent re-creation in terms of production, scenery, and 
costumes. Act II was sumptuous beyond belief. 

Gundula Janowitz sang Rosalinde; Carlos Kleiber was 
the conductor. 

Our most unusual opera was Schoenberg's Von 
Heute auf Morgen (1928). This was given in concert 
form with Kubelik as conductor. It was part of a series 
of twentieth century concerts given under the general 
title of Musica Viva. It received warm praise in the 
Suddeutsche Zeitung, and, to our surprise, we found it 
fascinating. Other composers whose works will be per- 
formed by this group this year are Luciano Berio, 
Bruno Maderna, John Cage, and Krzysztof Fenderecki. 
The Musica Viva concerts were begun a few months 
after the end of World War II. 

The three ballets of Stravinsky v/ere Apollon 
Musagete. Requiem Canticles (choreographed by 
Jerome Robbins), and Sacre du Printemps. In the first 
and third ballets Konstanze Vernon was the prima 
ballerina. The orchestra was so magnificent an instru- 
ment that for the first time I understood why the debut 
of Le Sacre had produced a riot in 1913! Our tickets 
were in the mid-parterre where we succeeded in sitting 
most of the time. 


Munich's famous Bach Choir under the direction of 
Karl Richter performed Elijah in the huge Kongress- 
Saal Deutsches Museum accompanied by the Munich 
Philharmonic Orchestra (one of four large orchestras 
in this city of 1,400,000!). This is a truly professional 
chorus of the highest calibre which practices and per- 
forms throughout the year. For 1974-75 this choir is 
singing four concerts of motets as well as an oratorio 
cycle which includes Mozart's Requiem. Handel's 
Messiah, Dyorak's Stabat Mater, Bach's Mass in B 
Minor as well as his St. Matthew Passion. 

The chamber music concert, part of a subscription 
series known as Bell Arte Meisterkonzerte, was full of 
variety even though the only composer represented was 
Bach. We had varying combinations of flute, violin, 
cembalo, and viola da gamba. 

Needless to say Andre Watts fulfilled our highest 
expectations. No technical problems seem to have ever 
existed for him. The softest pianissimo could be heard 
throughout the enormous hall. 

Our student piano recital was held in the 
Hochschule, a former Hitler Haus. As usual, the far- 
Eastern pianists were outstanding, but in no way com- 
parable to the Viennese Hochschule students we heard 
three years ago. 

We took three trips out of town. First we went to the 
Nymphenburg Palace, the summer residence of the 
Bavarian kings. Our second Ausflug was a full day 
auto trip to Oberammergau which included the Stern- 
bergersee, the Linderhof Palace, and the Ettal Bene- 
dictine Monastery. Our third and most exciting ven- 
ture was to the romantic pseudo-medieval Neuschwan- 
stein Palace of Ludwig II, built in the nineteenth cen- 
tury. This trip also included the rococo Wieskirche. 

We were so well situated in Munich that it was no 
problem to walk to the opera house, or the Hercules- 
saal of the Residenz (the Winter Palace), or to any 
number of museums. Closest to us was the Alte 
Pinakothek and the Residenz with its Schatzkammer 
and the Cuvillies Theater. On the other hand the 
Deutsches Museum was located far from us on an 
island in the Isar River. We particularly enjoyed the 
musical instruments there because they were played 
for us! Another museum for which we needed the U 
Bahn was the City Gallery in the Lenbachhouse. Paul 
Klee and Kandinsky are well represented there with 
about 150 works of the latter. 

The girls sometimes ventured forth on their own: to 
the Olympic Stadium or the Zoo, to Dachau, and even 
to Augsburg. We all spent a merry afternoon at the 
Circus Krone where we heard a real German band 
and saw horses perform many steps typical of the 
Vienna Riding School. 

Our last opera was Die Walkure. Gregory Arm- 
strong, a professor of Religion at Sweet Briar, joined 
us for this. We were thrilled to be able to attend since 
the Bavarian State Opera specializes in Mozart. 
Wagner, and Richard Strauss. This was the only 
Wagnerian opera given during our stay and it was here 
in Munich that it was given its world premiere under 
Hans von Bulow, in 1870. 

The students on the trip were Lynn Norris '75, Vicki 
Sams '76, and Phyllis Schulman '76 — all music majors. 
January seventh, the day of their arrival was the begin- 
ning of Fasching (carnival time) which lasts until Ash 
Wednesday. The whole city put on its musical best be- 
cause of the festival, and we were indeed lucky to be 


Tri-Coilege Consortium 

To the Editor: 

This year a new idea has blossomed on Sweet Briar's 
campus that may considerably affect the future of the 
College. It is called the Tri-CoUege Consortium. It in- 
volves not only Sweet Briar but also Randolph-Macon 
Woman's College and Lynchburg College. In an effort 
to broaden the educational opportunities at Sweet Briar 
and to lessen the increasing financial burdens of a 
small, liberal arts college, Sweet Briar has moved to- 
ward this increased cooperation with the other colleges 
in this geographical area. 

From a student's point of view, this Consortium can 
prove promising in many ways. For example, because 
of small departments in various major fields of study, 
some courses are not offered every year and can cause 
limitations on the scheduling of a truly varied curri- 
culum. If the courses not offered at Sweet Briar were 
available to our students at Randolph-Macon or Lynch- 
burg College, then a student could schedule courses in 
her major elsewhere and be allowed to take advantage 
of some of the other outstanding courses at Sweet Briar 
that ordinarily would have conflicted with her major 

Another promising angle to the Consortium is the 
opportunity to take a course in a major field that is not 
offered at SBC at all. This broadening of the curri- 
culum is what the students are demanding now, and 
consequently, some tend to go to larger universities to 
find this rather than to Sweet Briar. 

Academically, the Consortium sounds exciting. But 
also, there is considerable opportunity for increased 
cultural and social events. Famous name speakers or 
bands can be easily acquired if three colleges share 
the costs rather than one footing the bill. These mea- 
sures have all ready been investigated and are proving 
interesting and thrifty. 

The Sweet Briar students are working toward in- 
creased cooperation among the three colleges by in- 
stigating an "Information Pool" that distributes calen- 
dars of events, catalogs, newspapers and ideas to the 
other colleges in return for their materials. Planned 
activities with the student leaders from all three col- 
leges are in the making for the spring. Social events, 
including dances and concerts, are being planned for 
next fall that will be opened to students from all three 

The Tri-College Consortium still has its loopholes; 
however, our temporary coordinator. Dr. Marguerite 
Risley, retired faculty member from Randolph-Macon, 
has been trying to overcome various problems. One 
problem is transportation for the students to and from 
the colleges; another problem is a revised daily calen- 

dar which will be functional at all three colleges. The 
students at Sweet Briar hope that the faculties and ad- 
ministrations of the three colleges can solve these dif- 
ferences and put us well on the road to a working 

Some of the Sweet Briar alumnae may have heard 
very little about the Consortium, unless some of you 
remember the comments made at Alumnae Council last 
October. We have come a long way since then even 
though we are still in the planning stages, and the 
students at Sweet Briar have become more informed 
and more supportive of the Consortium. 

Since I first served on the Inter-Collegiate Planning 
Committee, so much has happened to cultivate the 
Consortium that it seems an asset to the continuation 
of Sweet Briar as a strong liberal arts institution, which 
would better support and provide all types of interests 
and opportunities for the students of the future. 
— Linda Frazier '75 
Sweet Briar College 

The New Look 

To the Editor: 

I read with interest the article, "The New Look," 
in the winter issue of the Sweet Briar Alumnae Maga- 
zine, and I join with you in urging alumnae to visit 
Reid Hall. Indeed, this does have a new look. 

I also join with you in expressing appreciation to the 
Class of '48 for its gift for the re-decoration of Dean 
Rice's office but would like to call attention to the gift 
of a member of that class that made possible redecora- 
tion of the Reid parlors which adjoin the Dean's office. 
Martha Rowan Hyder '48, on her first return to 
campus, was struck by the contrast of the great natural 
beauty of the campus and the rather drab institutional 
look of the reception rooms in the various dormitories. 

With incredible energy and enthusiasm and a gener- 
ous monetary gift, she and her decorator from Texas, 
with marvelous support from the College's Buildings 
and Grounds Department, completely redid Reid. and I 
do mean redid ! It bears no resemblance to its former 
appearance. Mrs. Hyder wanted to produce an interior 
that would make students and visitors aware of the 
impact interior design and color can have. This she 
has done, and no one viewing these rooms can be in- 
different to the decor and the beautiful pieces of 
furniture which she selected. 

Mrs. Hyder expressed her hope that other alumnae 
would be interested in making possible the refurbishing 
of "the parlors" in various periods and styles of de- 
coration which appeal to them, just as Reid expresses 
her taste. 

Last summer Dew achieved a bright and happy redo 
with a modest outlay but others, expecially Grammar, 
have reached the age of a much-needed face lift! Any 

—Elizabeth Bond Wood '34 
Director of College Development 
Sweet Briar, Virginia 

Many Thanks! 

To the Editor: 

Many thanks to Sweet Briar and the committee for 
the four delightful and stimulating Wednesday morn- 
ings of the 1975 January Forum. 

Each speaker was so knowledgeable and personable! 
It was a rare opportunity for the Lynchburg and Am- 
herst communities. 

I look forward to next year's January Forum. 
—Sally S. Walker 
(Mrs. G. B. Walker, Jr.) 
Lynchburg, Virginia 

In praise of . . . 

To the Editor: 

This year Sweet Briar will suffer one of the greatest 
losses a college can experience — the retirement of two 
truly great teachers. 

Their retirement from the Sweet Briar faculty will 
be balanced by those who follow the tradition they have 
set for faculty whose careers are dedicated to teach- 
ing. Many will remember them as great teachers whose 
help brought them to a high level of achievement or 
whose help brought them new meaning to a difficult 
subject. Many will remember them as teachers outside 
the classroom, whose breath and depth of knowledge 
was ever present to enrich their lives in any situation. 
As students, former students, colleagues and friends, 
we have known their great sense of integrity, under- 
standing, loyalty and yes, their great sense of humor 
which has brought joy to our lives. 

No two people have done more to bring new know- 
ledge, new ideas and change that is the essence of life 
and growth to the College. 

The retirement of Jane Colburn Belcher. Duberg 
Professor of Ecology, and Lysbeth W. Muncy, Pro- 
fessor of History, is not the end ; it is a beginning of a 
challenge for us to reach their levels of intellectual 
achievement; to effect the changes they initiated and 
to develop the ideas they are leaving before us. If there 
has been a justification for the liberal arts and sciences, 
these two scholars made the case. If there is a current 
mission for scholar, the intellectual, it is to help us 
understand the complexity and interrelatedness of 
the knowledge and technology available to us. These 
two scholars have been leading us this way. and they 

leave us with that challenge. Two of Sweet Briar's last- 
ing treasures are indeed Lysbeth W. Muncy and Jane 
C. Belcher. 

— Julia Mills Jacobsen '45 
Washington, D.C. 

Mary Ely Lyman 

To the Editor: 

Mary Ely Lyman's sense of humor was, to me, one 
of her most endearing qualities. Who can forget her 
superb performance as Snookie Ride-a-Train, the stu- 
dent whose dentist in NYC had to see her between 
semesters at the time (war) when all unnecessary travel 
was discouraged. This was in the Faculty Show, and 
Miss Long played the role of the Dean from whom 
Snookie was trying to weasel the necessary permission 
to make the trip. Mrs. Lyman knew all the usual stu- 
dent arguments and mannerisms and hers was one of 
the funniest performances I've ever seen. 

She was an avid reader of the New Yorker and was 
always upset if (when) her copy wasn't delivered-on 
time. She told many funny anecdotes about herself: 
buying 20 riding tickets when she was teaching at Vas- 
sar, being eager and ready to forget the rest of the deal 
after her first ride, but her New England sense of thrift 
wouldn't permit that, so thereafter she took her rides 
in the late afternoon when the horses were tired. 

And about the elderly woman in Mary Ely's native 
St. Johnsbury, Vt., who opined after M.E.L. had 
achieved her Ph.D. that "with all that book-learning, 
Mary Lyman hadn't changed one bit. She's the same as 

The Lymans always did Elizabeth Kingsley's Double- 
Crostics in the5a?Mr<iav Review, and they entered 
several D-C "tournaments" in NYC. 

Once when the Lymans were having Sunday dinner 
in Reid with us, she told some little story and he, in his 
gentle manner and with a twinkle in his eyes, concluded 
it with the remark, "To Mary, once funny, always 

While she was still living but no longer teaching in 
NYC, she took lessons on the recorder, having always 
claimed she was a musical illiterate, and she enjoyed 
it thoroughly. In fact, she brought her recorder with 
her when she traveled, and once when she was staying 
with us we presented her "world premiere" recital to 
our Saturday night dinner guests. She played Three 
Blind Mice — ^we all cracked up, including the soloist. 

She loved the theatre: she read a great variety of 
contemporary literature and always brought something 
from a play or new book into her sermons. I used to 
say she preached rings around most of the visiting 
ministers we had — and we had many good ones. 

Others, I'm sure, will concur with me in my view of 
Mary Ely Lyman and her sense of humor and her con- 
cern for students, especially those who were in trouble 
over rules infractions. M.E.L. thought (believed) that 
all "sentences" should be educative, not punitive, and 
she was frequently criticised for being too easy on 

— Martha von Briesen '31 
Roanoke, Virginia 




"Such wonderful memories of driving a 
horse and buggy to the Amherst Fair! Sleep- 
ing on top of arcade outdoors in the snow! 
On Founder's Day having fresh apple cider 
from huge kegs on campus. Some days later 
it sparkled like champagne!" Thus Helen 
Eubank Garber sums up her memories of 
Sweet Briar in the early days. Many others 
also have fond memories of the College. 

Martha W. Massie has recently done some 
paintings for the Lynchburg Historical Paper 
and for the Historical Society of Lynchburg. 

Katherine Withers Hamilton lives quietly 
in Gloucester. Va.. with her husband, a re- 
tired Air Force Colonel, taking an occasional 
trip to Europe. They have two sons, one a 
retired Army Colonel and the other in the 
Trust Dept. of a bank. Her special hobby 
is breeding Irish Wolfhounds and attending 
dog shows, though she also raises most of 
her own vegetables, lots of flowers, and 
some laying hens. Her one complaint is 

After two years at Sweet Briar. Julie 
Russell Holmes joined the Army School of 
Nursing, graduating three years later. Now 
she does office work several mornings a week 
for her Episcopal minister in Fernandina, 

Otelia Medlin Rogers, also living in 
Florida, enjoyed the Sweet Briar Alumnae 
trip to Copenhagen. 

Retired in 1960 after working as an artist 
and a U.S. Government employee. Katherine 
Page now enjoys gardening and occasional 
art work in Berryville. Va. 

Carina Eaglesfield Milligan. A. LA., twice 
widowed, lives in New Canaan, Conn., and 
continues her architectural practice and gar- 
den club and civic interests. She travels a 
great deal, having just returned from Italy. 
France, and England. 

Julia Oeland is retired after teaching 
kindergarten in Birmingham. Akron, and 
Lynchburg. Va. Because of an arthritic 
condition, she now lives at St. John's Nur- 
sing Home in Lynchburg, but is still able 
to enjoy many things. 

Virginia Connell Bloom lives in Columbus. 
Ohio, where she keeps house, plays bridge, 
and takes part in other activities. She has 
three grandchildren in California and three 
in Columbus, children of her son Col. Waller 
C. Bloom . 

After returning to her native Pittsburgh 
for 40 years. Alice Hogg Seneff is now living 
in Maine with her son Ed. newly appointed 
to Public Relations for the branch of the 
University of Maine in Machias. At present 
she is in Madawaska. the northernmost point 
in the U.S.. and enjoying the French settle- 

Olive Cole Hogan writes that she is a 
widow, and is living in a lively retirement 
home in Canton. Ohio. She has seven grand- 
children and four great-grandchildren. 

Laura Woodbridge Bowen calls an apart- 
ment in Indianapolis home but spends much 
of her time elsewhere: five or six months at 
her cottage on Lake Michigan. Christmas 
holidays with her daughter and family (three 
children) near Washington, New Year's week 
with her son (four children), and Florida 
with two of her three sisters. She keeps 
in touch with Charlotte More Meloney '19, 
with Edith Harper Collier, and indirectly 
with Frances Wild Bose, 

Eula Weakley Cross finds most of her 
activities confined to her home in Birming- 
ham, but she makes occasional trips to 
Atlanta to visit her sister. A granddaughter, 
a graduate of Vanderbilt, is to be married 
May 31. 

Since leaving Sweet Briar. Lorine Eiken- 
berry Wilmer of Middletown. Ohio, has 
had good living with her husband of 57 years 
and their family of two sons and seven 
grandchildren. One grandchild. Allyson Wil- 
mer. is a jun ior at SBC. 

Helen Strobhar Williams, a widow since 
1950. still finds herself blessed in many ways. 
She still drives and gardens spasmodically, 
but has not painted in several years. She 
loves to travel, has gone abroad four times 
since 1%0, and almost yearly drives to the 
north Georgia mountains. 

Louise Balsley Irvin lives in Reidsville, 
N.C., and has traveled a great deal, spend- 
ing many winters in Pebble Beach, Calif., 
with her brother. She has been a teacher 
and a secretary and has sold real estate. 
Now widowed, she has no children, but her 
sister lives with her. 

Ellis Meredith was at Sweet Briar only a 
short time, but after she began teaching, 
she encouraged girls to go to the college 
because of her conviction that it is a fine 
place. She now lives in Cincinnati. 

Marjorie Spalding Nelson and her hus- 
band, after living in many parts of the coun- 
try and traveling quite a bit. now live in 
Champaign. 111., where she was born and 
where he attended the University. They are 
both in good health and still active in the 
life of the community. 

Martha Steele McNaghten and her hus- 
band celebrated their 59th wedding anni- 
versary on Feb. 23 in Hawaii. They have two 
children, a son Bob. who is a C.P.A. in 
Amarillo. Te.\.. and a daughter Suzanne, 
married to a doctor in Tucson. Ariz. The 
McNaghtens live in Hutchinson. Kan. 

Jean O. Harris lives in Harrisonburg. Va. 

Sarah Smith White, twice widowed, lives 
in Ailentown. Pa., not far from her youngest 
son. an English professor at Lehigh Univer- 
sity, and his wife and three children. Since 
her two older sons live in London, she is a 
frequent visitor there. She writes that she 
often recalls with much pleasure her years 
at the Academy, when at 15 she was the 
youngest student at Sweet Briar. 

Lucy Minor Barringer's daughter writes 
that her mother has been in a nursing home 
for the last 12 years. 

Nannie Claiborne Hudson and her hus- 
band are both retired but still active. She 
is chairman of St. Mark's Episcopal Church 
Altar Guild in Clifford, Va., is a charter 
member of the Sarah Henry Garden Club, 
plays bridge, and is learning needlepoint. 
She has eight grandchildren and one great- 
grandson, whose mother is Judith Part 
Daniel Adams, SBC '69. 

Margaret Potts Williams writes from 
Shepherdstown, W. Va., "At 84 I am still 
going pretty strong," 

After leaving Sweet Briar, Isabelle Rich- 
ards Hess graduated from Mt. Ida Jr. Col- 
lege, Newton, Mass., and traveled exten- 
sively with her husband while he was Asst, 
Secretary of Bethelem Steel Corp. After his 
sudden death she returned to Houlton. 
Maine, her former home, to be near her 
two children, six grandchildren, and one 
great-grandchild. She lives alone with her 
Golden Retriever and has been very active 
in state and community affairs. 

Mary Bedford Harris Ludington writes of 
her and her family's long association with the 
College. Although she had to withdraw from 
Sweet Briar because of a sudden loss of 
hearing, she studied lip reading and con- 
tinued her education at the Convent of the 
Sacred Heart in St. Louis. She has now been 
happily martied for 54 years. Her daughter. 
Mary Florence Ludington ("Mayde") grad- 
uated from SBC in 1948 and later attended 
Oxford Univ. in England. Mayde married 
Victor W. Henningsen. Jr.. who is now ser- 
ving on Sweet Briar's Board of Overseers. 
Their daughter Mary Frances, a senior at 
SBC. spent her junior year in Spain. The 
Ludingtons' son and his wife have had two 
daughters at the College: Leslie Elizabeth, a 
1972 graduate, and Mary Felice, now a jun- 


ior. Calloway, a third daughter, is now ten, 
and her grandmother hopes she will be the 
fourth granddaughter to attend Sweet Briar. 
The senior Ludingtons have lived in Pelham 
Manor, N,Y., for 52 years. She has been 
especially interested in doing research and 
collecting books on Thomas Jefferson and in 
horticulture, particularly herb gardening. 
She has designed and executed prize winning 
herb gardens and holds important positions 
with the International Garden Club, the 
Herb Society of America, and the New York 
Junior League. 

Louise Hubbard Smith, at her family's 
insistence, spent January and February at 
Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, but she ex- 
pected to return to her home on the Old 
Stage Road near Sweet Briar in time to plant 
her garden. 

Eudalia White Lohrke, a widow for many 
years, has kept active in local affairs in 
West Orange, N.J.. serving as a board mem- 
ber of a retired persons' home. She also en- 
joys opera, good movies, and bridge with 
her friends. Her son lives in Santa Barbara. 
Calif., and her daughter, in Summit. N.J.; 
each has three children. 

Virginia Towle. retired after 22 years as 
Assistant Administrator of the Louisville 
(Ky.) Regional Blood Center of the Ameri- 
can Red Cross. She is enjoying freedom from 
the clock and the opportunity to travel. 

Martha (Mattie) Wulker Worth reports 
from her nice apartment in Charlotte. N,C., 
that she is happy and in good health, ex- 
cept for arthritis in her right arm. She con- 
tinues to think of her trip to Spain in May, 
1973, with the Sweet Briar Alumnae group. 

Early in November. Elizabeth P. Cocke 
went on an eight-day trip to Vienna and 
Paris sponsored by the Richmond Sym- 
phony. They saw operas, operettas, and even 
the Folies Bergere! 

Mabel Cato Tillar lives in Emporia. Va. 
She has kept up with Sweet Briar only 
through the literature sent her. but she is 
proud of it and glad to have had a chance to 
go here. 

Charlotte Lansing Hardy writes from 
Wellesley. Mass.. that she hasn't kept up 
with the Boston Alumnae Club since she 
doesn't drive in at night any more. 

Jessie Darden Christian has five grand- 
children living on her same street in Lynch- 
burg, and two granddaughters are at Sweet 

Virginia Haich Chase and her retired 
husband usually go to Spain and Portugal 
in the winter, but this year they are staying 
in Cleveland, watching the birds, and reading 
to the many grandchildren. 



Margaret Thomas Kruesi writes that she 
is suffering from an incurable illness — old 
age. She has just celebrated the birth of her 
ninth great-grandchild. Her son-in-law the 
Rev. Frank Cerveny has just been ordained 
as Bishop of Florida. In the summer she lives 
on Lookout Mountain. Tenn.. and in the 
winter, in Naples. Fla. 


Lucy N. Taliaferro is a retired teacher, 
having taught mechanical drawing in the 
Richmond Public Sch(K)ls, She is a member 
of the Woman's Club and was for many 
years the registrar for National Society of 
Colonial Dames of America in the Common- 
wealth of Virginia 

After leaving Sweet Briar, Alice Dick 
Webster went to Columbia School of Music 
in Chicago and took normal training work 
and piano for two years and did some teach- 
ing. She was married in 1917 and had three 
children. Now she is a widow and her chil- 
dren are married. She belongs to the George 
Rogers Clark Chapter of DAR. Chapter G. 
V. of P. E.G. sisterhood. Infant Welfare 
Society, and First Congregational Church of 
Oak Park, III. 

Grace Minor, now living in Independence. 
Mo., is retired from the Kansas City Public 
Schools, in which she was employed as a 
kindergarten teacher and psychological ex- 

Berenice Thompson Wainwright writes 
that she has lived for 40 years in the same 
house with garden in Baltimore with her 
doctor husband of 49 years. She formerly 
did hospital volunteer work: now she is 
happy doing some gardening and garden 
clubbing, playing bridge and entertaining 

Zaiinda Brown Harrison. Seattle. Wash., 
was happy to welcome two great-grandsons 
into the familv. 



Cilia Giiggenheimer Nusbaum (Mrs. Bertram 
S.). 511 Pembroke Towers. Norfolk. Va. 
Fund Agent 

Margaret McVey. Prestwould Apts.. Rich- 
mond. Va. 23220. 

Francie Murrell Rickards '10 and I were 
guests of President and Mrs. Whiteman for 
the Fall Alumnae Council meeting. Our de- 
lightful hosts have done lovely things with 
Sweet Briar House. 

The Founder's Day Speaker whom we met 
at breakfast had a familiar look — via TV 
he visits my bedroom quite often on the 
Sunrise Semester — Dr. James P. Carse of 
N.Y.U. Try waking up at 6 a.m.; he is well 
worth it! 

There were enough old timers at the meet- 
ing that we didn't feel strange among them. 
Margaret Banister is living at Sweet Briar 
and recuperating from open heart surgery. 
She looks great, and we had a delightful 
visit with her. Others of our vintage were 
present for the council, such as Carrie Sharp 
Sanders, Elizabeth Shoop Di.xon (proudly 
introducing her senior granddaughter), Mary 
McLemore Matthews and Flo Freeman 

We 1918's made such a bad showing at 
our 55th; please take care of yourselves and 
try to make the bOthI Betty Lowman Hall 
and charming husband and brother Louis 
and I were the only ones present. We missed 
you. I was sorry to learn from Betty's Christ- 

mas message that Louis had died at Thanks- 
giving time. 

We received regrets from Grace McBain 
Ladds. Catherine Marshall Shuler lives in 
Long Kay. Fla.. and was taking off for Cali- 
fornia with three daughters and sons-in-law. 
She wrote that John has not been well. 

Margaret McCluer lives in Richmond, sent 
her love and was having trouble with her 

Jane Pratt Bates travels Europe with 
grandsons as chauffeurs. She wins the 
grandchildren medal of honor unless I mis- 
read her: two children and nine grand- 
children (five greats) and celebrating her 55th 

Hoe Bowers Joel elected to tour Europe 
and the Orient with her family instead of 
the reunion! She sent best regards to all. 

Elanette Solliii Stapely sent the following 
message: she hopes to make the 60th. and 
"All the 'news' is that I'm still alive! I see 
thru contact lenses, eat with false teeth and 
walk with the aid of a cane. Why didn't they 
tell us that these were the rewards of a life 
well spent? Oh well, its been a good life 
and still is!" 

Ruth Boettcher Robertson lives in a high 
rise apartment hotel in Houston. Texas, has 
had two cataract operations but still drives 
her car. 

Elizabeth Wilson lives in Sun City. Ari- 
zona, since she retired in I%6. At one time 
she directed the International Institute for 
Immigrants in Gary. 

Our ever efficient agent Mag keeps up 
» ith all of us. 

We of 1918 are distressed to learn of the 
death of Mary Reed. 

I'm sure the class joins me in sympathy 
to Cornelia Carroll Gardner whose husband 
Kinloe died several months ago. They have 
a granddaughter at Sweet Briar. 

The Alumnae cocktail party at the Box- 
wood area was beautiful till the rains came. 
I was reminded of Miss Meta's famous ans- 
wer when she was asked what happened if it 
rained on May Day. In her lovely Virginia 
accent she challenged the fates. "But it 
cawn 't rain on May Day." 

Once again, for the Geritol set a reminder 
that our 60th comes up in '78 (in case your 
computers are out of order). No trips to the 
Orient. Europe or wherever. Pick up your 
bi-focals, contact lenses, hearing aids, false 
teeth, canes, wheel chairs and what have 
you. Just be here. We'll put in a request 
for reservations at Meta Glass (it's equipped 
with elevators); you'll feel ten years younger 
for the return to Virginia and seeing how 
much younger you look than the rest of us. 
Give yourself the joy of a Sweet Briar visit. 


Fund Agent 

Helen McMahon. Sweet Briar. Va. 24595. 

Helen Welch Tucker has spent most of her 
time for the last ten years in travel, visiting 
Europe, the Middle East, the Orient. Africa. 
Mexico, Scandinavia, and Russia, Now 
she is planning a tour of South America, 
Since her two daughters and three grand- 
children live within fifty miles of her home 
in Louisburg, N.C., she sees tham fairly 

often. Her oldest daughter who writes under 
her maiden name, Helen Tucker, has had 
four novels and numerous short stories pub- 

Katherine Weiser Ekelund was planning 
to be in Hiltonhead in February and then 
begin a trip to the Himalyas at the end 
of March. She has three married daughters 
and nine grandchildren, all living near her 
home in Pontiac. Mich. 

Since November of 1973 Lillian Everett 
Blake has lived in an apartment overlooking 
the Country Club. While she misses the 
home she sold, she feels lucky to have family 
in Baltimore: her son. his wife and their 
three children and her sister and brother- 

Edith Miller McClintock and her husband 
celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary 
in Oct.. 1973. Since he has been retired for 
12 vears. they take a trip each year, have 
traveled all over Europe, and planned to 
leave in February for a cruise to Italy. Home 
is Marianna, Ark. 

Virginia Thompson McElwee lives six 
months in Maine and six months in Florida. 
Since she has been a widow, she has had 
some interesting trips — to Africa, the 
Orient, and the South Pacific. She sees a 
great deal of Polly Goodnow Gardner, her 
Sweet Briar roommate. 

Marjorie Milligan Bassett lives in Scotts- 
dale, Ariz., in the winter and in Detroit 
Lakes. Minn., in the summer. 

Mildred Baird White, who has been a 
widow for two years, continues to live in the 
same house in Asheville, volunteers as a Red 
Cross worker at the VA hospital, and plays 
bridge. She has two step-daughters and 
"hordes" of grandchildren and great-grand- 

Beatrice Bryant Woodhead retired after 
being post-mistress at Forest, Va.. for 35 
years. She is now living in a nursing home in 
Annandale. Va. 

Mary Jones Hartsell has been a resident 
of a nursing home in Charlotte, N.C., since 
a stroke two years ago, but she is ambulatory 
and able to have visitors. 

Frances Insley Smith is living in Newman, 
Ga.. near one of her daughters. Mrs. Robert 
P. Campbell. She and Bob have four child- 
ren: the oldest, Meg is a freshman at David- 
son College and the other three are in private 
schools. Frances' older daughter is living in 
Florida, where her husband is an oral sur- 
geon. Both of their children graduated from 
the U. of Ala.; their Phi Beta Kappa daugh- 
ter is now studying pharmacy in Birming- 
ham. Frances' husband is in a nursing home 
in Griffin as the resuh of a golfing accident. 

Mary Allen Campbell has lived in Arkan- 
sas since the death of her husband in 
1960. Although she retired from social ser- 
vice nearly five years ago, she works part 
time in an antique shop and takes an oc- 
casional course at the community college. 
Her oldest, Ann, is married to an English- 
man and lives in London. Her son Allen 
lives in Wilmette, 111., with his wife and 
three children. Jane, the youngest, is an As- 
sistant at Northern 111. Univ. while she works 
on her Ph.D. 

Last summer Miriam Jones Vander Voort 
took the Imperial Tour to Vienna, Budapest, 
Prague, Moscow, Leningrad, and Copen- 
hagen. Soon she leaves her home in Verona, 
N.J., for a visit to Florida; she'll see her 
daughter and granddaughter in Miami, go 

to Delray Beach. Boca Raton, and Winter 
Park (where her grandson, his wife, and 
their three children live), and end her visit 
in Jacksonville, her former home. 

Katherine (Kitty) Hagler Phinizy is still 
living in the home in Augusta, Ga.. that 
she and her husband moved into in 1926. 
He is still active in the practice of medicine, 
and their married son, who lives across the 
street, is also a doctor. Their daughter, in 
Victoria, Tex., has one daughter in high 
school, one living in Maryland on her uncle's 
farm, one son in Rice Univ.. and another 
studying law at W. and L. in Virginia. 

Muriel MacKenzie Kelly writes from West- 
chester. 111., that she and her husband have 
been married for 52 years and still travel a 
lot. Son Keith. Kansas City, has three child- 
ren: and son Mack. Takoma Park. Md., has 
four. All are doing well. 

Emma Mai Crockett Owen stays busy in 
Jackson, Tenn., with the Jackson Mothers 
Committee, as publicity chairman for Youth 
Town Auxiliary, as president of the Jackson 
chapter of the Asso. for Preservation of 
Tenn. Antiquities, as a member of the Board 
of Trustees of the Jackson-Madison County 
Library, and with other projects. Her daugh- 
ter Emma Mai Ewing is in the Public and 
Press Relations Department of CARE and 
writes articles for the New York Times. 

Helen McMahon enjoys a busy retirement, 
dividing her time between Sweet Briar and 
Little Switzerland, N.C. 

Marion Bradley Bothe, who lives in Mer- 
chantville, N,J., has been active politically 
and was invited by the chairman, Hon, 
Robert H, Michel, to become a member of 
the National Board of Advisers to the Re- 
publican National Congressional Committee. 
She presented her biography of her late 
husband. Dr. Albert E. Bothe, to Sweet 
Briar's Mary Helen Cochran Library. 

Marie L. Klooz. Sandy Springs, Md., is 
still practicing law but is trying to phase 
out clients and discard "extracurricular" 
activities. However, she is trying to get a law 
concerning defective delinquents through 
the Maryland legislature, is active in Quaker 
matters and on several Quaker committees. 
and is serving on the Montgomery County, 
Md., Bar Asso. Committee on Corrections. 

Josephine Bechiel Barr lives in Tequesta, 
Fla.. but spent eight weeks last summer tour- 
ing the U.S. During her 11.0(X) mile trip, 
she visited the Spokane Fair. Napa. Carmel, 
and Boulder, Colo. At Christmas she went to 
Mexico and Texas. 

Helen O. Gus lives in Columbus. Ohio. 

Ellen Brown Clendaniel writes from Den- 
ton, Md.. that since her remarriage in 1970 
she has traveled quite a lot. She and her 
husband drove to California in the fall and 
in January went to New Orleans, where they 
attended the Twelfth Night opening ball of 
the Mardi Gras season. She is also active in 
the hospital auxiliary and her church guild. 
In 1973 she and her husband attended her 
50th Reunion at S.B.C, 

Elizabeth Mason Richards still lives in 
the house she and her husband built years 
ago in Norwell, Mass.. with all her children 
and grandchildren near. The latter range 
from 6'3" Chip at Dartmouth to a tiny 
namesake in a bassinette! Her husband has 
not retired. She finds life amazingly serene. 



Pauline Payne Backus (Mrs. Foster E.), 
2609 Amara Dr.. Toledo. Ohio 43615. 
Fund Agent 
Jeanette Boone. Sweet Briar. Va. 24595, 

Dr, Hilda Harpster, who retired from her 
professorship at the Univ. of N.C. has 
moved back to Toledo. She looks wonder- 
ful and is involved in church work, the 
Project Hope, and studying painting at the 
art museum. 

Although retired. Marion K. Chaffee is 
working three days a week as private secre- 
tary to the Chairman of the Board of Speak- 
man Co., Wilmington, Del. 

Jeanette ("Dan") Boone is enjoying retire- 
ment, dividing her year between Sweet Briar 
and Little Switzerland, N.C. She continues 
her active interest in birds and other wild- 

Caroline Compton was the recipient of 
several honors for her art work from the 
State of Mississippi. She had a wonderful 
trip to Williamsburg this fall, and she really 
leads a busy life with her many friends and 
her painting. 

Virginia Wilson Robbins" daughter Ginger 
lived near us when we lived in suburban 
Chicago and you will never see a more at- 
tractive and charming young woman. She 
has four daughters: the youngest, named 
Katy, was born this year. Her other three 
girls are lovely and very talented musically. 
The Robbinses have sold their home in New 
York and retired to a new house in North 

Elsetta Gilchrist Barnes and her hus- 
band have sold their home in Stoney Lake. 
Ontario. Canada — too far from their winter 
home at Crystal River. Fla. — and built in 
Cashiers. N.C. 

Claire Manner Arnold is a partner in the 
Tween Age Shop, which she started with two 
friends 23 years ago and which is now a big 
business. She travels a lot. thanks to daugh- 
ter Julie's "plane connections." Julie is a 
career girl in NYC. Daughter Claire has four 
children; son Hall has been married two 

We moved back to Toledo in April as 
Foster has gone into business for himself. 
While we adore living here, it's quite a shock 
seeing people after a fifteen-year absence. 



Phoebe Rowe Peters (Mrs. Ralph W.), 16 
Whitestone Lane, Rochester, N. Y. 14618, 
Fund Agent 

Jane Muhlberg Halverstadt (Mrs. Albert S.), 
12 Peasenhall Lane, Cincinnati, Ohio 45208. 

In January Agnes Cleveland Sandifer 
cruised around South America on the 
Gripsholm. Rebecca Manning Cutler '27 was 
on the same cruise. In May Aggie and 
Martha McCowen Burnet spent a good 
weekend at Sweet Briar. Of course Martha 
sees Mary Lynn Carlson King, Cynthia 
Vaughn Price and Jessie Hall Meyers in 


Greensboro. Martha has a house at Hound's 
Ears in Blue Ridge area near Aggie's daugh- 
ter's house. Martha's daughter lives in Win- 
ston-Salem. One of her sons lives here, in 
Rochester. He works for Senator Buckley. 
Polly Woodward Hill was hostess to Martha 
and her husband last winter in Palm Beach. 

We are so proud of our bulbsales class- 
mates. Virginia Quintard Bond, one of two 
top bulbsellers in the country, won the free 
trip to Holland for spring of '75. Polly 
Swifi Calhoun was top soloseller. Both sent 
other news. Quinnie's newest granddaughter 
was a year old in October. Polly's youngest 
daughter. Faith, after one year at Tufts on 
dean's list has taken leave of absence. She 
now works in Boston for United Farm Work- 
ers Union for $5.00 a week. Ted. Polly's 
eldest son. received his doctorate in Educa- 
tion at the Univ. of Mass. He and his family 
have moved to West Berlin where he is head 
of J.F.K. Schule, financed by Berlin and our 
State Department; 1500 kindergarten to 12th 
grade children of teachers are enrolled. All 
are bilingual. Polly had a summer boarder 
last year and a bread-baking business. She 
is riding again. "Oh. joy!" 

Joe Gribbs du Bois is in good health. 
Her son does all the photography for the 
County Sheriffs Office. 

Much news came from Mary Kelso 
Treanor. She had just returned from Mexico, 
where her daughter and Wally's daughter 
had attended the Spanish Riding Academy in 
San Miguel de Allende. Stewartie is raising 
her fourth family of children. Her big news 
was her and Wally's trip to his native Ire- 
land, where she met Wally's numerous de- 
lightful relatives. 

We have a class granddaughter at Sweet 
Briar. Katherine Knerr Angell says. "Susan 
is very happy at Sweet Briar in her second 

At least three of our classmates have 
moved. Martha McBroome Shipman sold her 
country house and lives in town now. She 
spent last summer in Michigan, where her 
children visited her. Katherine Taylor Adams 
and husband have moved from their New 
York apartment to their house in Old Lyme. 
Conn. Elizabeth MacRae Goddard now lives 
in San Diego near her sister Margaret Jack- 
son '37 and her son in Manhattan Beach. 
Martha von Briesen. recovering from her 
stroke, should be settled by now in Roa- 
noke. Happily she has passed her driving 

We have some sad news too. I know you 
all join me in offering sympathy to the 
families of those who have died. Virginia 
Keyser died in January. She was former 
owner of Program Research in Washington 
and a consultant to the Agency for Inter- 
national Development and other government 
bodies. Libba Stribling Bell and Sara 
Foster Smith have both lost their husbands. 
Sara keeps busy doing volunteer work at 
The Children's Hospital in Baltimore. She 
says, "I do enjoy hearing from Sweet Briar." 
Libba went to Alaska in May and to Mexico 
in February. Peggy Ferguson Bennett "con- 
tinues to be grounded by rheumatoid arth- 
ritis." "A delightful visit by Jane Muhlberg 
Halverstadt brought much good cheer. My 
87-year old mother and my sister Meredith 
Ferguson Smvthe '29 visited me in the nur- 
sing home. I manage to keep busy and 
happy. Florida is a fine place to spend the 
winter." Peggy's address is 2826 Cleveland 
Ave.. Ft. Myers, Fla. 33901. 


Leading very busy lives are Isabelle Bush 
Thomason and Natalie Roberts Foster. 
Isabelle is a member of the Alabama State 
Board of Education. This past year she 
served as Vice-President of the Southern 
Area of the National Association of State 
Boards of Education. She was in charge of 
the Southern Area Conference. One son lives 
in Birmingham; the other, in Mobile. Nat 
has been working on the Virginia Coalition 
on Nutrition. 

Toole Rotter Wellford says that she and 
Carter had a wonderful trip to Greece and 
the Greek Islands in October. They lead an 
interesting life at Sabine Hall, farming, 
playing tennis, hunting, fishing, gardening. 
They are active in community affairs. 

Dot Ayres Holt busies herself with hospital 
and church work, and with politics. Her 
husband is an antique car buff. 

Also hoping to see Sweet Briar again is 
Harriet Wilson McCaslin the first one to say. 
"I hope to return for our 45th re-union in 
1976." Her husband, an ophthalmologist, 
practices three days a week in Pittsburgh. 
The remaining days are spent in Ligonier 
in their house with a beautiful view of the 
mountains. They have five grandchildren. 

Jean Cole Anderson looks forward to a 
beautiful splash of color around her wood's 
edges where she planted her bulbs. She 
spent ten strenuous weeks of dog training 
with one very absent-minded bloodhound 
who weighs, the same as she does. Many 
thanks to Nancy Hunter's brother who writes 
that Nancy is still working at Darnarand 
College in Tehran and expects to return to 
the states this summer, and to Jane Bikel 
Lane for the note on the flap of the envelope. 

Dorothy Boyle Charles had a family re- 
union in June, at Pocono, spent September 
in Maine and Christmas in the desert. 

We are in good hands. Ella Williams 
Fauber's son Roger has been named to the 
Sweet Briar Board. 

Finally, I was very happy when Margaret 
Lee Thompson and husband stopped in on 
the way from a trip to New England. They 
were returning to Cincinnati. I hear that 
Gertrude Lewis Magavern looks as beauti- 
ful as ever. Ralph and I went to Toronto 
in the fall to see the remarkable Chinese 
Art Exhibit. Our winter vacation will take us 
to Florida and St. Croix. Our oldest grand- 
child will enter college in the fall. 



Fran Baker Lamb (Mrs. Wilson G.). 11 
Elmwood Rd.. Baltimore. Md. 21210. 
Fund Agent 

Lucille Cox Jones (Mrs. Robert E.), Box 463. 
Ashland. Va. 23005. 

Peggy Huxley Dick, your former class 
secretary, has returned from a fascinating 
trip to the Orient to take up her usual busy 
life as church woman, civic leader, mother 
and grandmother. 

Elizabeth Tomlin Jewell writes that she 
leads an active life and has six grandchil- 

Alice Bene! Hopkins lives near her daugh- 
ter Alice (Agnes Scott '66) and two grand- 
sons. Her son is cardiologist in a clinic in 
Washington state; he married a Denver girl 
in Dec. 1972. Alice and Porche took a won- 

derful trip to Ireland. England, and Scot- 
land; now they expect to be homebodies on 
their half-acre with its interesting thirty-bird 
martin colony. Another birder in our class! 

Mary Kate Crow Sinclair of Houston still 
spends time in Galveston. She had a wonder- 
ful reunion with Marjorie Wing Todd last 
spring when Marjorie's husband was at- 
tending a medical meeting in Texas. Mary 
Kate has three children — two in California 
and one in Houston. 

In April, 1973, Elizabeth Morton Forsvlhe 
married Colin T. Montgomery. Since he has 
two children (his son is with the Luther- 
ville, Md.. Fire Dept. and his daughter is 
with the Peace Corps in Ghana, West 
Africa), together they have six children 
and seven grandchildren. Her three daugh- 
ters are married and living in Virginia and 
her son is in Washington, D. C. 

Kitty Lorraine Hyde is still on Tempsford 
Lane in Richmond, a few houses from Maria 
Gary Valentine Curtis. Wilson and I en- 
joyed seeing Kitty and Maria Gray when 
Maria Gray's daughter Louise Curtis was 
married in old St. Paul's about a year ago. 
Kitty has a daughter Janet and a son Brad 
living at home, with another son away and a 
married daughter living in New England; I 
hear Terry is very domestically talented . . . 
bakes bread, make quilts, etc. Reminds me 
of my daughter Laura Owen Weston, mar- 
ried to a U.Va. medical student, who lives 
in North Garden. Va.. near Elizabeth Pink- 
erton Scott; Laurie and Burt raise thorough- 
bred goats on their little country place, 
drink goat's milk, make cheese, etc. I haven't 
seen Pinky in ages, but the last time I did 
she was as beautiful and talented and in- 
volved in community affairs as we would 

Nancy Braswell Holderness of Tarboro. 
N.C., is certainly the liveliest gal I know. Her 
five children are married and she has four 
grandsons and two grand -daughters at last 
count. She and Dail travel a lot and still 
manage to keep that beautiful big house as 
home base for their huge family connection. 
Nancy is bound to win the prize for having 
two sons in the ministry. 

"Kin" Carr Baldwin of Norfolk writes 
that her husband Bob died January 27, 
1974, after a long battle with cancer. He 
led an active life up until the last few 
months; "his faith, courage and acceptance 
were an inspiration to all who knew him," 

Lucille Cox Jones has been promoted to 
Associate Professor of Latin at Mary Wash- 
ington College. 

Kathleen Donahue McCormack is excited 
over the birth of her fourth grand-daughter; 
after four sons of her own, "La" finds girls 
a great novelty. 

Dorthea McC/ure Mountain's husband has 
retired; they divide time between Pompano 
Beach, Fla., and Pennsylvania and visit 
their daughter and two grandchildren in 
South Carolina en route. TTiey had a won- 
derful trip to the South Pacific. 

Anne Thomson Smith says she is the hos- 
pital career woman. Her three children are 
all married; son Witham, Jr., has four child- 
ren, and Michael, one. Daughter Laura has 
no children. Anne sees Liz Tomlin Jewell 
and Kay Ferson Barrett. 

Lillian Cabell Gay inquired about the 
alumnae in Memphis, 

My daughter Marsha Owen was married 
in June 1974 to Tim Jensen and lives near 
us here in Roland Park, Baltimore, Sons 

Ted Owen and David Owen are attending 
college and working here also: so I'm a 
lucky lady. Wilson and 1 still keep busy 
with our antiques business and my interior 
design work. I am about to attend a course 
on "China" (the country) at Johns Hopkins 
Evening College. 


No Secretary (Any volunteers?) 

Eyiese Miller Latham. Hampton. Va.. had 
a busy 1974 with the marriage of her daugh- 
ter Carolyn on June 15 to Clifford Moseley. 
who completed his Masters in Environmen- 
tal Science and now works for Tenneco in 
Hampton. Carolyn is teaching French there 
and taking some graduate work from U.Va. 
The Lathams' son Stanley who is with the 
First National Bank of Chicago, has two 
boys. JVi and 4'/j. 

Becky Kunkle Hogue's daughter Penny 
was also married this summer — on August 
31. 1974 — and is living in Ft. Lauderdale. 
Son John is Dean of Student Affairs at 
Tidewater Community College, Va.. and son 
Pete is with Shell Chemical in Houston, 
Texas. Becky left her home in Fort Meyers. 
Fla.. last summer long enough to do some 
historical sightseeing and visit her sons. 

Lucy Taliaferro Nickerson sends news of 
her family and several classmates. Her older 
son Clark is married and living in Mary- 
land: her second son Paul is a reporter for 
The Dispatch in Hudson County: and daugh- 
ter Ann, a student at Mary Baldwin, is tak- 
ing a Junior Exchange year at Davidson. 
Lucy and Charley saw Rilma Wilson Wads- 
worth and her husband for lunch and talked 
with Dolly Nickerson Tate by phone when 
they took Ann down. On a business trip with 
Charley to Boston, Lucy had a visit with 
Macky (Marion) Fuller Kellog and Moulton. 
She also had notes from Barbara Ferguson 
Hill, who says they are sailing in the Ba- 
hamas again, and M. J. Miller Hein, who is 
happily surrounded by married children 
and has a daughter in honors at Sullins. 

We send our sympathy to WHeyna Up- 
shaw Kennedy, whose husband Bob died 
last year. She is in real estate investment in 
Atlanta with her son David. Her other son 
Robert is doing well as a dealer in art — 
sculpture, etc.; he works with architects. 


Acting Secretary 

Sally Jackson Mead (Mrs. Ernest C, Jr.), 

1863 Fendall Ave. Charlottesville, Va. 22903. 

Fund Agent 

Polly Peyton Turner (Mrs. Carol). 331-A 

Pine Ridge Dr., Whispering Pines. N.C. 


Before you finish reading this, you'll 
realize you have a one-armed pinch hitter 
at bat. For various reasons which include a 
move from Charlottesville to Nantucket, 
Toppin Wheat Crowell had to beg off. 

Polly Peyton Turner has delivered unto 
me several tidbits sent to her as fund agent 
— a job she has done so well. 

Bobbie Engh Croft still has much to report 

on her family peregrinations — they have a 
new grandson and another daughter was 
married. Son Doug is a bachelor banker 
and their youngest, Jean, is a sophomore at 
the University of Kansas, 

Nancy Taylor Smith takes credit for be- 
ing our most recently published author — a 
book called The Golden Fig published by 
Ace Paperbacks. She is also playing the re- 
corder, writing a second historical novel 
and doing some choral work. 

Cynthia Abbott Dougherty is remodeling 
an apartment and putting heat in a summer 
cottage in Quogue, L.I., in anticipation of 
those golden years when she and Dick re- 
tire. Until then, she is busy gardening, and 
Dick is Vice Director for Public Affairs at 
the Metropolitan Museum. 

Diana Greene Helfrich is still managing 
a book store in Annapolis; she has children 
spread from grade school (Daniel) to a sec- 
ond-year college student at Stevens Institute 
of Technology (Michael) to a son in the 
Navy (David) to a daughter (Hope) in real 
estate in Sacramento. Diana is on her way 
to Martha's Vineyard for R and R. 

Jean Hedley Currie had a family reunion 
last spring with all four children and their 
offspring and off offspring. At that point 
they were planning a trip to New England, 
Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. 

Grace Lanier Brewer writes that her two 
SBC alumnae daughters are in graduate 
school — Betty at Emory in Library Science 
and Connie at Alabama in Speech Pathol- 
ogy. She has a third, Carol, at SBC and one 
daughter, Grace, married. 

Kippy Coleman is on every board of 
diocesan schools and independent schools on 
the Eastern seaboard as well as on the gov- 
erning board of the National Association of 
Episcopal Schools. 

Mary Ellen Thompson Beach's child is 
marrying the son of former Congressman 
James Broyhill. Their eldest son is a law 
student at Stanford. 

Our sympathy goes to Elizabeth Duffield 
Fajans, who recently lost her husband. She 
says her five children have been "tremen- 
dous" during these past few months. Betty 
says she'll keep and continue to run the ski 
lodge which has been their home for 15 

Elsie Diggs Orr reports her son Sam is a 
consultant at Hanes; son Marshall is an exe- 
cutive of the Farr Associates in Greensboro 
and son Peter is Chairman of the Board of 
the Allen Association in Atlanta. 

Rut Jacquot Tempest has moved to a new 
house right on the first fainvay of the coun- 
try club in Pensacola. 

Doris Ogden Mount is still saving her 
literary talents for articles in a horse maga- 
zine which she didn't identify so that we all 
can rush out and buy a dozen copies. She 
also has a full time job. 

Douggie Woods Sprunt, husband Worth, 
and daughter Mary took advantage of 
SBC's bargain week in Rome in October but 
she doesn't elaborate. 

Kay Coggins Clark has had a terrible bout 
in the hospital with a broken leg, hepatitis 
and other complications. Even with all the 
hospitalization she claims the rest was bene- 
ficial. She claims good health now and some 
welcome trips to San Francisco. 

Daphne Withington Adams is still work- 
ing full time in a home for the aged and 
trying to manage a household, a combination 
she finds exhilarating but exhausting. She 

is looking for a happy medium. 

Si Walke Rogers has a chance to go to 
Russia in April and is going to take it — 
hoping seeing the Hermitage will live up to 
the SBC trips to London and to Greece. 
She's sandwiching in courses in automobile 
mechanics and pottery. 

Ann Morrison Reams reports that she is 
enjoying her job as Director of the Alum- 
nae Association very much. Her oldest son 
Barney, his wife and V/i children live in 
Lynchburg where Ann and Bernie enjoy the 
opportunity of seeing them often. Steve 
was married last spring and lives in Win- 
ston-Salem; Winkie graduated last May and 
loves her first job as a teacher at the Lynch- 
burg Training School and Ann Kendall is a 
sophomore at Salem College. Ann sees Laura 
Graves Howell from time to time. Laura's 
son Geep is working with a bank in Lynch- 
burg, and daughter Laura will graduate 
from Randolph-Macon this spring, having 
completed her work in three years. Laura 
shares Gordon's hobby of raising camelias. 
and they have produced some real prize 

Grace Bugg Muller-Tvme was on campus 
for Alumnae Council in October. She and 
Harry met Betty Blackmer Childs and 
Mackall at the Childses' cottage in Tortola 
for a visit in January. 

All of you sound very glamorous: I'm sorry 
I've not rattled my cage more because 1 
might have had a chance to see some of 
your children. My husband is on the faculty 
at the University and I'm Director of the 
SPCA — so one or the other of us is bound 
to be involved with your offspring. I see Lucy 
Call Dabney only once in a while but her 
son Dabney and I have collaborated on pet 
pigs. His "Ace" set the news media and his 
landlady on their ears. We have two chil- 
dren, two dogs and a pet owl; this summer 
we raised six young deer in our backyard. 

Don't forget your fund chairman or your 
class secretary — thev both need you. 



Ann Marshall Whitley (Mrs. Jesse W,), 588 

Larchlea Dr., Birmingham. Mich. 48011. 

Fund Agent 

Evie White Spearman (Mrs. Alan W.), 500 

Luwell, Suite A BIdg. 2, Huntsville, Ala. 


It is unfortunate and sad that I begin our 
1975 Class Notes with the announcement 
that we lost two of our classmates in 1974. 
Gene Minor Moechel '70 wrote that her 
mother. Gene Ray Minor died suddenly in 
March. Cynthia Bemiss Stuart died from 
cancer in June. Cynthia, in addition to her 
husband, left W. A. Stuart. Ill (24); Bea 

Last summer I had a trip through eastern 
Canada with my mother, Edith Marshall '21 
and daughter Cindy (SBC freshman). En- 
route home we stopped in Mass. to see my 
roommate Anne Pearson in Byfield. Anne 
is still overseeing her snuff mill and although 
she lives alone in her 1672 vintage house she 
is close to her brother Ben and his family. 
She lost her father last spring. Anne is 
foot-loose and fancy-free and is heading for 
Bermuda in Feb. for some golf, and to 
Labrador next summer for fishing. 


Alex Marcoglou Tully is still Executive 
Assistant to the head of Colt Industries in 
N.Y. She and Richard spent Thanksgiving 
with Richard's brother in Baltimore, not to 
mention the five nieces and nephews. 

Julie Holt Coyle's daughter Lucy is a fresh- 
man at SBC this — ^year which makes another 
three generation family for Sweet Briar. 

Margaret Ellen White Van Buren's daugh- 
ter Katrina is a senior at Chapel Hill and 
the twins are in the Brooke School at An- 
dover, Mass. "Birdhead" spends her time 
either on the farm near Walton, N. Y., or 
in New York City where Jim's office is lo- 

Ginger Barron Summer has become an 
office manager for an interior decorating 
firm and gift shop in Rome. Ga. She says 
her family is fine, especially her grandson. 

Eleanor Crumrine Stuart and Lyman have 
bought a home in Mathews County. Va. 
They see Jean Old fairly often. "We are 
enjoying getting away from it all — it is a 
different way of life." 

Lucinda Converse Ash has gone back to 
work too. She has her youngest child in Jr. 
High school now and felt free to work. She 
is a secretary with the Continental Can 
Co. in Greenwich. Conn. Her daughter 
Betsey is at Bryn Mawr. Cindy's husband 
has a small architectural firm in New York. 

Anne Webb Moses recently returned from 
a rewarding year in Europe. Her husband 
had a travel-study grant. They lived in two 
villages: one in Haute-Savoie, France, and 
the other in southern Spain. They did a lot 
of traveling, but principally in ftaly and 
England. Daughter Barbara is studying at 
Dartmouth and son Tom is working with 
the American Conservatory Theater in San 

Ginna Walker Christian's daughter Vir- 
ginia graduated last June in the first grad- 
uating class of the new Durham Academy. 
Ginna is quite impressed with the school. 
Martha Ann Apple Jester says little Kathy's 
activities keep her (Martha) terribly busy. 
She says she also spends a lot of time helping 
Sam in their liquor store. 

Cordelia Lambert Stites is now into her 
second winter in Colorado. She and Bill 
feel Colorado is "God's Country" and a 
marvelous place to live and retire to. She is 
still landscaping with Sweet Briar bulbs and 
transplanting trees around the new house. 
She has been working with the local Mission 
Presbvterian church, the Officers Wives 
Club, and the Frontier Boys Village. Her 
children are close by and her eldest son 
and his wife were home in Sept. with her 
"precious" grandson. 

Barbara Golden Pound's oldest son Garry, 
a sophomore at the Univ. of the South. 
Sewanee. Tenn.. and headed toward an art 
career, is enthusiastic about his study last 
summer at an art school in San Miquel, 
Mexico. His mother is delighted since she 
has been teaching art in the Columbus (Ga.) 
museum and painting and exhibiting for 
30 years. Ted. the middle son, is at Yale, 
working hard at his studies and freshman 
crew. Youngest son Jim has one more year 
in high school. 

Jacqueline Murray Hale is one of the vice- 
presidents of the Cercle Francaise in Prince- 
ton, N. J. She is designing and making 
"toys" which are sold in the Antilles. Island 
of St. Martin, where she spends five weeks 
each summer in her studio. She spent 
Christmas in Paris with her oldest daughter 


Inglis, who is married to a Frenchman. 
Daughter Leslie is at the Univ. of Ariz., and 
daughter l^e, at Princeton Day School. 

I made two trips to Sweet Briar last fall 
from Michigan. Having two daughters there 
now is the greatest excuse I have ever had to 
make the pilgrimage. We all had Thanks- 
giving together in Williamsburg, Va.. which 
was great fun but hardly conducive to 
weight watching. On the return trip Jess 
and I were trapped in Toledo. Ohio, for 
two days during the terrible blizzard which 
swept through northern Ohio and southern 
Michigan on Dec. 1. 

My daughter Cindy is spending the short 
semester at home doing a research paper 
on the Ottawa-Chippewa Indians who live 
near our summer home in north central 
Michigan. We drove up for 10 days so she 
could get in the field work and again were 
trapped by blizzards and sub-zero tempera- 
tures. The warmer climate of the south 
begins to look better and better to me. Could 
it be age catching up? 



Robbin McGarry Ramey (Mrs. Robert H.. 

Jr.) 4111 Tahoe Court. Stone Mountain. Ga. 


Fund Agent 

Ginger Sheaff Liddel (Mrs. Robert L.), 24 

Nearwater Lane, Riverside, Conn. 06878. 

Polly Plumb deButts has a new job as a 
counselor and coordinator at a Fairfax Coun- 
ty School and has attended educational con- 
ferences in New York and Chicago. She is 
also Sunday School Superintendent of her 
church, helped start the Virginia Institute 
of Transactional Analysis, and works with 
the Democratic Committee of Fairfax Coun- 

Mary Grafe Warren and Joe. along with 
their four daughters, have moved to 3552 
Wentwood. in Dallas. Texas 75225. Their 
eldest. Cathy, is a sophomore at Oklahoma' 

Marianne Vorys Minister was chairman 
of the Art Gallery's "Decorator Show 
House." She and Thorp have two in col- 
lege: Paige at Wheelock and Courtney at 
Pine Manor. 

Jane Russo Sheehan is secretary of the 
Natural Resources Trust of Mansfield. 
Mass.. and on the Conservation Commission. 
She is also Alumnae Representative for 
Sweet Briar. She continues her riding, along 
with daughter Betsy. 

Jane Ramsay Olmstead had a great time 
on the Sweet Briar trip to Rome in October 
along with her two children. She reports that 
Nancy Messick Ray is the new president 
of the Sweet Briar Club of Washington. D.C. 

Anne Trumbore Ream is a buyer for 
Caloric Corporation. Rebecca is a junior at 
Kutztown State and Geoffrey, a freshman 
there. Rebecca was married January 18, 

Nancy Laemmel Hartmann. whose hus- 
band Bruce just received his doctorate and 
leaches at the University of Tennessee at 
Nashville, is director of adult education at 
her church, directed the Christmas Bazaar, 
and is active with Planned Parenthood. In 
spare time she has taken up tennis, horse- 
back riding and square dancing in addition 

to raising a Black Labrador Retriever to 

Charlotte Snead Stifel reports trips to 
London. Bermuda and Vail. Her eldest 
daughter Wendy is a freshman at Skidmore. 
Eulalie McFall Fenhagen is studying social 
work at St. Joseph's College in Hartford. 
Neela Perkins Zinsser continues work 
with Planned Parenthood and is taking her 
final courses at New School in N.Y.C. Char- 
lotte is a senior at Sarah Lawrence and Nat. 
a second level transfer to Hampshire from 
the University of Colorado. 

Mary Legg Katz has a cub pack and tutors 
two mornings a week in the public school. 
She reports a lulu of a trip to N.Y.C. re- 
cently with all four kids! 

Martha Yost Ridenour's husband Don is 
now Executive Vice-President of Citizen's 
Bank. They spent two weeks in Hawaii last 
fall. Daughter Suzanne is a freshman at 
University of Kentucky. 

Sue Bassewitz Shapiro also had a fabulous 
trip to Hawaii last spring. She spent the 
summer digging for Indian artifacts on Long 
Island. She is currently taking a class at 
Adelphi University and loves going back to 

Harriet Thayer Elder has a job she loves — 
coordinating the Panel of American Women, 
promoting inter-group communication. 

Donna Reese Godwin is tutoring and do- 
ing art work for the Kidney Foundation. She 
took a recent trip to Texas and the Arkansas 
Ozarks. They have four in college and son 
Will graduating from Vanderbilt. 

Leila Booth Morris's husband Jim retired 
from service last year and just finished his 
Master's degree in business at Georgia State. 
Catherine has graduated from Stratford Col- 
lege and Jimmy is in his second year at 
West Point. Leila stays busy with volunteer 
work, hobbies and "fun classes." 

Carroll Morgan Legge and Allan had a 
family vacation in Rhode Island last summer 
with their three girls. She and Allan also 
had a trip to Florida last winter. 

Marge Levine Abrams has taken recent 
trips with husband Len to California, Mex- 
ico, and London. Diane is a senior at George 
Washington University and Steve, a fresh- 
man at Emory. Marge stays busy with tennis 
and ceramics, between houseguests! 

Anne Hoagland Plumb and family had 
a trip to the Big Horn Mountains last sum- 
mer. Both children are in high school. Bob 
works in N.Y.C. and Anne is busy with the 

Frances Street Smith's husband Gordon is 
president of the Chattanooga Chamber of 
Commerce. Son "Trip" (21) is a junior at U. 
of Okla. majoring in petroleum engineering 
and plans to work on an off-shore drilling 
rig out of New Orleans this summer. Preston 
(18) is a freshman at Vanderbilt. and Sally 
(1 6) is a junior in high school. 

Joanne Holhrook Patton's husband 
George is recovering beautifully from his hip 
replacement surgery last summer and they 
expect to be moving to a new assignment 
early in 1975. 

Pat Layne Winks is teaching Literature 
of Crime and a Spanish course this year and 
also working in i,,c office of the Dean of 

This has been a busy year for us. After we 

moved to Atlanta. Bob finished work on his 

doctorate, which he received last May from 

Union Theological Seminary in Richmond. 

(continued on page 18) 

Woman of Many Arts 

"To be useful members of society" is a phrase from 
the will of Indiana Fletcher Williams. While we con- 
sider all our alumnae to be "useful members of so- 
ciety," we take pride and delight in telling you about 
one particular Sweet Briar alumna who is the very kind 
of woman that Indiana Williams presumably had in 
mind. This alumna is Francese Roma Evans Ives of 
Montclair, New Jersey, class of 1921. 

Mrs. Ives writes, "I certainly didn't do anything very 
special or outstanding, just kept busy with the many 
not-very-important things that came my way and 
hoped, perhaps, that some of my efforts might prove 
constructive. I shall be ever grateful for the education 
that made it possible for me to carry on in various 
capacities after my husband died in 1944. It is quite 
obvious that I've had no real 'career.' Rather I've just 
sort of careened from pillar to post, but it has all been 
interesting. ..." 

That is understatement at its best. She was the 1973 
recipient of the annual Montclair Chamber of Com- 
merce Award "in appreciation of her many services 
and in recognition of the high esteem in which she is 
held by this community." Mrs. Ives is the second wo- 
man to be so honored by the Chamber. The first was 
the late Dr. Lillian Gilbreth. 

From 1954 until her retirement in 1967, Mrs. Ives 
was Town Clerk in Montclair. Previously she served as 
coordinator of publicity and public relations for the 
Montclair Art Museum, Director of the Unity Institute, 
assistant to the Director of College High School at 
Montclair State College; president of the Montclair 
College Women's Qub, a branch of the AAUW. To 
honor Mrs. Ives, the Montclair branch of the AAUW 
named a gift of $3,500 to the Fellowship Program of 
the National Association. 

She served on the Boards of the Adult Education 
School, Overseas Neighbors, China Institute, United 
Nations Association of the USA, Montclair Council on 
Cause and Cure of War, and the Chamber Music Reci- 
tals of Unity Institute. The Unity Institute, now in its 
55th season, "is a distinguished concert, chamber 
music recital, and travel lecture organization," she 
explains. She was its Director from 1945-1949. 

Besides her work with the Montclair art and music 
organizations, Francese Ives has worked for the New 
Jersey YWCA, League of Women Voters, Montclair 
Historical Society, Friends of the New Jersey Orchestra, 
the N.J. Society of Mayflower Descendants, the Com- 
munity Chest, and the Montclair Defense Council. All 

this sounds like "Who's Who in America," and indeed 
she is there listed. 

She holds a Master's degree in Personnel and Gui- 
dance from Montclair State College. She writes light 
verse and poems which have been published in maga- 
zines and newspapers. She is the mother of two child- 
ren. Her son Jack "accompanied me when I attended 
my 40th reunion at Sweet Briar. While I have unfor- 
tunately not been able to be active in the Northern New 
Jersey Sweet Briar Club, I have attended meetings and 
had the privilege of being one of the two members who 
represented the Club at the excellent Environmental 
Conference held at the College about four years ago." 

A year ago, the Montclair Times editorial said in 
part, ". . . Mere service in any or all of these positions 
and in the variety of other responsibilities she should- 
ered, however, does not qualify an individual for an 
outstanding honor such as that given each year by the 
Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber recognizes this 
in its citation when it cites Mrs. Ives for her 'modesty 
and integrity' and describes her as 'gracious, digni- 
fied, competent and kind.' Those of us who worked 
with her, as we did at the Times, and are still work- 
ing with her in various pursuits, agree most enthusias- 
tically with the Chamber's selection of Mrs. Ives . . . ." 

It is our pleasure to quote the words given to 
Francese Ives when she received the 1973 Award: "By 
her untiring efforts, display of sound judgment and 
wise counsel, unfading loyalty and devotion, she has 
contributed much to the betterment and advancement 
of this community." 


Then our eldest daughter Robbin married in 
Charlotte on Dec. 28. 1974. She and her new 
husband are both students at the Univ. of 
N. C. at Chapel Hill. 

Our 25th Class Reunion will be coming up 
soon. .Start planning now to be at Sweet 
Briar in Mav 19^^. 



Karen Steinhardt Kirkbride (Mrs. Richard). 
6335 Albro Lane. Alexandria. Va. 22312. 
Fund Agent 

Nancie Howe Entenmann (Mrs. Richard A.). 
2633 Juniper St.. Toledo. Ohio 43614. 

Nancie Howe Entenmann. her spouse, 
son (high school), and daughter (13). again 
enjoyed traveling abroad. In the summer of 
1974 it was Paris. Alsace, and the country- 
side of France. Nancie urges our class' at- 
tention to the SB Alumnae fund and thanks 
those who have responded! 

Betty Forbes Loughlin and family travel 
between town and country with their children 
(17. 15, and 13). enjoy short stays in their 
restored plantation house (circa 1840). They 
also go to Dogwood Stables (jointly owned 
with other horselovers) to watch the training 
of possible Derby candidates! 

Bob and Peggy Pattillo Beckham went to 
Greece and Turkey in April with a panel of 
interesting lecturers including Dr. Paul 
Fournier. Elton Trueblood. and Keith Miller. 

Leona Chang Crozier Jr. and family are 
living in beautiful Marin County. Calif., 
where Al's promotion brought them a year 
ago. Leona is active in the community and 
the children (Diana, Linda, and Daniel) 
are all very gifted in school and Little 
League. Leona had a surprise call from Betty 
Buxton Dietz! 

Nancy Ettinger Minor and her family love 
Vermont even more after a year. Catherine 
is in nursery school in Hanover and Scott is 
doing fine in first grade. 

Trish Ames Stapleton writes that her son. 
Rus, is a senior in high school. Ted is in the 
1 0th grade and Teryl is in the 8th grade. 
Walt is a federal judge and both he and 
Trish are very active in the community in 

Nancy Si. Clair Talley wrote saying that 
Jane Slack Engleby asked her to notify our 
column of the death of her husband, Joseph 
Thomas Engleby III of Roanoke last April. 
We all extend our sympathy to Jane and her 
family. Prior to her husband's death. Jane 
had earned her Master's degree from Hollins 
College. She is teaching this year where. 
Nancy thinks, all four of Jane's children at- 
tend school. 

Paula Purse Pointer, Jr. sends news that 
she began, in September, working on a 
Masters in counseling at the University of 
Ala. She has seen Betty Pierce Bradshaw in 

Marguerite Geer Wellborn has four sons 
to keep her busy: Marshall III (13). Charles 
(10). Walter (7). and Michael (16 months). 

Byrd Stone is an Assistant Professor of 
Education and Chairman of the Department, 
plus Director of the Campus School (Nursery 
and Kindergarten) at SBC. One of her col- 
lege students (in the preschool course) is the 
daughter of Babs Garforth Jackson '55. 

Joan Roberts Slattery tells us that after 


eight years in Jamaica her family has re- 
turned to the U. S. (Spokane. Wash.) where 
Paul is in 5th grade. Meg is a "frosh." and 
Marc is a junior. Joan says she has returned 
to school and will get her B. A. in History 
this May. Congratulations! She plans to 
teach next year in Kindergarten. 

Pete and Marty Field Fite. and their six 
children, went on a canoe-camping trip in 
the wilderness area of Minnesota and Cana- 
da followed by a week in Montana on a 
dude ranch. 

Peggy Anne Rogers spent two weeks in 
London at Christmas. She and her Mother 
saw Phyllis Herndon '55 while there. Cur- 
rently. Peggy is substituting in English in 
the suburbs of Philadelphia and is a Home- 
school Counselor in the city. 

Betty Pierce Bradshaw and family have 
moved to Alabama where Jack is Vice Pres- 
ident of Rust Engineering. The children. 
Mimi (15). John (14). and Chris (10). and 
parents are very active in their new com- 

Parksie Carroll Mulholland tells us her 
daughter Randie is thinking about attend- 
ing SBC when she graduates in 1976. Her 
family spent a glorious vacation skiing at 
Bryce Mountain. Va. Their boys are David 
(14) and Jeffrey (11). Jack's hospital is about 
to move to new buildings and his teaching 
program has been most successful. 

Lottie Lipscomb Guttry has completed the 
requirements for her M.A. in English at 
Stephen F. Austin State U. and graduated 
in December. She is teaching freshman En- 
glish part time at Kilgore College. 

Macie Clay Nichols and family vacationed 
in Maine after Macie finished her annual 
four-month job as Coordinator for the First 
National Tennis Classic (a $1(X),000 men's 
pro tournament). Macie's sister is in the 
Class of '73 at SBC. 

Karen Steinhardt Kirkbride and family 
went to Williamsburg between Christmas 
and New Years, but it is still Rehoboth 
Beach in the summertime. Dick and Karen 
both continue their work in data processing. 
The activities of Steven (8) and Kevin (6) are 
expanding. The latest complication is that 
Karen has become a Cub Scout Leader! 



Allison Stemmons Simon (Mrs. Heinz K.). 

3213 Salinas Court. Irving. Texas 75062. 

Fund Agents 

Pat Calkins Wilder (Mrs. Michael L.). 1800 

Strong Rd.. Victor. N. Y. 14564. 

Lucy Otis Anderson (Mrs. David L.). 4820 

Montclair Ave., Charlotte. N.C. 28211. 


Frances Graham Roberson to William Lee 

MacIlwinen.Oct.28. 1972. 

Virginia Convin to Ken Millo, April. 1973. 

Suzanne yo«cj to Charles L. (Chuck) Cansler. 

Jr.. December 21. 1974. 


Reynolds McNair to McNair Currie and 

Robert Maxwell. Oct. 15. 1973. (2nd child. 

1st son). 

Anne Randolph to Mary Lou Morion and 

Charles Seilheimer. Jan. 2. 1974. (1st child). 

Bryan to Kathy Caldwell and Bryan Patten. 

January. 1974, (2nd child). 

David to Nancy Roberts and Jim Pope, 

March 8, 1974, (2nd child, 2nd son). 

Ashley Starnes to Sarah Hitt and William 
Winston. August 7. 1974. (2nd child. 1st 

Edward Colston III to Ginger Cates and Ed 
Mitchell. Sept. 12. 1974. (3rd child. 1st son). 
Jonathan Rockefeller to Barbara Rockefeller 
and John Bartlett. November 16, 1974, (2nd 
child. 2nd son). 

Mary Shirley to Lucy Otis and David Ander- 
son. December 6, 1974. (2nd child, 2nd 

Courtney Bryan to Sallie Yon and Peter 
Williams. December 24. 1974. (2nd child, 
2nd son). 

Cheers to those of our number who took 
time out from their Christmas rush to send a 
spot of news. Greatest cheer of all to our 
newest bride. Sue Jones Cansler, who wrote 
literally on her honeymoon — "Married 
Chuck Cansler on Dec. 21st in Rochester. 
He's a native of Atlanta, however recently 
transferred to Phoenix, Arizona, where he is 
President of Arizona City Development 
Corp, Thus the kid moves on into a yet more 
temperate climate! So you see. all's right 
with my world." Now. Sue, if you will just 
send us your new address .... Several others 
sent news of Sue's wedding and glowing re- 
ports of Chuck, among them Nancy Dixon 
who remains in Atlanta teaching Special 
Education. She managed a trip to the Orient 
last summer. Other foreign travelers were 
Betsy Parker McColl and Lucy Boyd Lemon 
Edmonds and husband Hugh who made the 
SBC-sponsored trip to Copenhagen last June 
and loved it. Lucy Boyd is treasurer of the 
Richmond Sweet Briar Club and says she 
spent the rest of the summer handling bulb 
sale money. Betsy played in area tennis tour- 
naments, and is looking forward to this 
spring when "Jim's bank plans to send him 
to Europe and I get to tag along!" Lee and 
Laura Lee Brown Deters traveled the west 
coast, all the way from Seattle to Los An- 
geles. Jim and Karen Gill Meyer enjoyed a 
summer vacation in Colorado and just re- 
turned from San Francisco. Both of them 
stay busy with the annual Fiesta Bowl festi- 

Betty Stanly opened her own business in 
Atlanta in November. 1973 — a small retail 
travel agency. "Adventures International." 
She says that although she could have chosen 
a better time economically, she was deter- 
mined to "try her own wings" after ten years 
in the industry and she is basically very 
pleased with business. Betty also confided 
that Ginger Cates Mitchell's husband Ed was 
so delighted at the birth of his son in Sep- 
tember that he rented the Goodyear Blimp 
to announce the arrival! From her card. 
Ginger seemed equally excited. She also 
mentioned that Olive Wilson Robinson is 
editor of the Atlanta Jr. League magazine 
and doing a fabulous job. 

Another going into business for herself is 
Joannie Newhall who writes from Philadel- 
phia that she is working as a family therapist 
in the children's unit of a community mental 
health center, and simultaneously starting in 
private practice as a therapist. She's also 
considering a doctoral program. Others are 
pursuing Masters Degrees. Carolyn Gabel 
Allen and Nancy McDowell Fairbanks both 
at U. of Conn., and both in the School of 
Social Work. Lyn's field is community or- 
ganization. Nancy's field work has been in 
an elementary school and the student men- 
tal health clinic. Nancy's husband Hap 

teaches at U. Conn, and writes. Their Ted is 
in 3rd grade now, and Kathy and Andy in 
kingergarten. Cynthia Thompson writes that 
she has "retired" from working after eleven 
years and gone back to school at U. of North 
Carolina, working on a Masters in Library 
Science. She writes. "I'm experiencing living 

■ in a co-ed graduate dorm — quite a change 
from Reid and Dew — no running down 
the hall in a bathrobe, etc!" Mary Ann 
Uiterback Burritt received her B.A. from 
Old Dominion Univ. in December 1974 
("not bad. huh? only fifteen years after I 
started!") and will begin teaching first grade 
in Charleston. S. C. in February. Her hus- 
band Jim is career Navy, and they and their 
three children were transferred to Charleston 
from Virginia Beach last summer. Kathryn 
Spencer (Drumheller) Pixley has been at the 
teaching game for eleven years in Amherst. 
She and Rex and Kathryn's three boys live 
in an old restored house which adjoins Sweet 

Lots of moves and new houses! Meg Mac- 
Kenzie Nowacki and George have bought a 
house in Hamden. Conn., and George is with 
the New Hamden Public Library. Nancy 
Roberts and Jim Pope have settled down to 
a "pleasant civilian existence" in Lynchburg. 
Va.. where Jim has gone into practice with 
two other surgeons. They have two sons, 
Johnny, 5. and David, nearly 1 — both tigers, 
according to Nancy. Jane Yardley Page and 
Rob bought his family home in Caribou. 
Maine, where it was 25 below zero on Dec. 
16 when she wrote her card to me! She's the 
first president of a new chapter of AAUW 
there. Keitt Matheson Wood and Frank are 
now permanently settled in Paris. Texas, 
where Frank is a partner in an orthopedic 
clinic and Keitt is busy with Helen. 7, and 
Gordon, 6. Keitt descends on Dallas oc- 
cassionally: so we get to visit. She was in 
Dallas for a medical convention last March, 
as was Anne Carter Brothers; so I had the 
fun of touring them through the great Dallas 
Apparel Mart. Anne and John have also 
moved into a new house, still in Nashville. 
They have three boys now. Marta Sweet 
Colangelo and Joe also have a new house in 
Houston. Her time is filled with child-related 
activities. Catherine. 5. is in pre-kindergarten 
and loves ballet, and Matthew. 2'/2. "goes 
to play school two mornings and spends the 
rest of his time in general destruction." 
Marta does quite a bit of church work, in- 
cluding book-keeping for the church's child 
care center. Mandy McCormick Cronin and 
Paul have sold part of their farm, including 
the house, and are building on new land ad- 
jacent to Sweet Briar. "Building fast," 
Mandy says, "as we have to be out of the 
old house by March 15! Most people just 

. say 'good luck'." Cinnie Hooten and Merrill 
Magowan are still in San Francisco but 
anticipating a move in the fall to the Pebble 
Beach-Carmel area where Merrill will 
open and manage a new office for Merrill, 
Lynch. Pierce, Fenner & Smith. They have 
three boys. 12. 11 and 6. Cinnie has been 
riding quite a bit and has joined the Los 
Altos Hunt. On the subject of moving, I 
moved someone without permission — Ginny 
Corwin and Ken Millo live in Norfolk, Mass.. 
not Norfolk, Va. as wrongly reported last 

Sallie Yon and Peter Williams still live in 
Paris, France, but Sallie wrote from Ports- 
mouth. Va.. where she was visiting her par- 
ents and awaiting the birth of child #2. He 

appeared late on Christmas Eve. Their plans 
were for a Swiss ski holiday immediately 
following Christmas — I hope they made it! 

The vast majority of "us" are full-time in 
the child raising business now. Judy Johnson 
Varn writes from Atlanta that her twins. 
Robert and Lilly, are 4 now and she's glad 
they're in play school three mornings a week. 
Elizabeth Randolph Lewis sent darling pic- 
tures of her four, ranging in age from 12 to 
5. She says she stays in the car most of the 
time! Meta Bond and Hugh Magevney live 
in Jacksonville. Fla.. with their two boys, 
Michael, 6, and John, 3. Sarah Hill Winston 
says she quit teaching and settled "for better 
or worse" with motherhood with the arrival 
of her baby girl to join brother William 
Randolph. Jr.. almost 3. Kathy Caldwell 
Patten and Bryan welcomed their second 
child this year and enjoyed a lovely trip to 
Maine and Canada in the fall. Barbara 
Noojin Walthall writes that she. husband 
Lee. daughter Elizabeth. 10. and son Ken- 
non, 6, are all well and happy and thankful 
to be so. Barbara had a visit with Randy 
Kendig Young in Chicago last summer. San- 
dra Good Embry and daughter Beja live in 
Dallas where Sandra is a Marketing Direc- 
tor with Lincoln Property Co. Frances Gra- 
ham Macllwinen and Bill live in Greenville, 
S.C. with her 6-year-old daughter and Bill's 
two high-school-age sons. Both Frances and 
Bill play the piano and they have two grand 
pianos in their living room! Lynn Carol Blau 
and Jeffrey are settled in Farmington, Conn., 
where Jeffrey is in practice in radiology. 
Lynn's house-hunting and busy with her two 
girls. 7 and 4. Robin Harris Russell reports 
her family remains the same — David. 7, 
and Christopher. AVi — except for the ad- 
dition of a Norwegian Elkhound! Robin does 
part-time curatorial work and hand-crafts 
Christmas tree ornaments to sell in various 
boutiques, etc. Mary Lou Morton Seilheimer 
lives in Warrenton. Virginia, with her hus- 
band Charlie and 1-year-old daughter Anne 
Randolph. Charlie heads the Virginia office 
of Previews, and Mary Lou has a small art 
and antique shop. Barbie Rockefeller Bart- 
lett reports 1974 was tranquill until the ar- 
rival of Jonathan Rockefeller in November 
brought chaos! Daddy John is now with 
American Medicorp as Vice President and 
General Counsel. Barbie says between new 
baby, daddy with a new job and an energetic 
three-year-old she is looking for twenty-five 
hour days somewhere! Lucy Otis Anderson 
reports Christmas was wild for her and 
David with "one excited three-year-old and 
a 2'/2-week old who needs an intravenous 
hook-up to the refrigerator and a stern lec- 
ture on the difference between night and 
day!" Despite it all. Lucy manages to stay 
busy with community and volunteer activi- 
ties. She also reported that Ann Clute Oben- 
shain has a new baby girl. Liza, but I don't 
have the particulars. Susan Scott Nowell and 
Jerry live in Bethlehem, Penn., with Eliza- 
beth, 10. and Jay, 6. Susan says the children 
are growing much too fast and are a con- 
stant joy and that she loves her life as a wife, 
mother, community worker and Pennsyl- 
vania Real Estate Broker — in that order. 

Pat Calkins Wilder reports growing kids 
— Chris. 7. Alan, almost 5. and Kelly, 3, 
and a growing menagerie. She and Mike are 
raising horses, this year having two foals in 
their own barn. Pat says it's much worse 
waiting for a horse than your own! Lee 
Kucewicz and John Parham with Carter and 

Robert have a house full of activity in Look- 
out Mountain. Tennessee. Lee made me 
promise NOT to write that John says she is 
apparently running for "volunteer of the 
year" as well. Among other things, she was 
delegate to the American Symphony Orches- 
tra League conference in Memphis last 
summer, which she says gave her a musical 
"high" she's been on ever since. Ellis Beasley 
Long spent most of 1974 supervising restora- 
tion work on her grandmother's ante-bellum 
home in Uniontown. Alabama. "Westwood" 
has now been added to the National Register 
of Historic Places. 

Harriet Reese Jensen writes that they are 
fine there on the farm in Denmark. Mari- 
anne will be 1 1 years this spring: John, 10. 
and Chris, 7. Harriet has taken on a sub- 
stitute teacher's job at the local school — 
teaching English. The family does a good bit 
of rid ing and has several horses. 

I'm still trying to get the best of both 
worlds — full time job and full time mother. 
The result is full time chaos, but we are 
learning to live with it. The Apparel Mart 
celebrated its tenth anniversary last October, 
and is still growing like Topsy. The children 
are hopefully about through growing, as 
Karen, our high-school sophomore, is as tall 
as I am and sister Kim (8th grade) is coming 
up fast! They are involved in just about any- 
thing you can conceive of that's too far 
from home to walk to! Heinz got his private 
pilot's license this past year, but my car still 
flies more than he does. Karen turns 16 and 
gets her drivers license in March, and the 
sigh of relief heard 'round the world will be 



Judy Dunn Spangenberg (Mrs. Thomas). 129 

R.D.2. New Canaan. Conn. 06840. 

Fund Agent 

Mary Duer Leach. (Mrs. Walter R.) 2222 

Locust St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19103. 


Susan Dwelle to William Parker Baxter, 
Jr.. Aug. 10. 1974. 


To Penny Writer Theis. a daughter. Virginia 
(Ginger) Conklin. December 16. 1973. 
To Laurie de Buys Pannell. fourth son. Wil- 
liam Winder Thomas. May 21. 1974. 
To Susan John Mancini, a daughter, Mara 
Bell, May, 1973. 

Kathie Arnold left Atlanta six years ago 
for Aspen, Colo., and stayed. She writes 
that Mimi Couch Teschner is in the area. 
Kathie's about to embark on a correspon- 
dence course in Interior Design, well-timed 
to inspire her in the redecoration of the con- 
dominium she bought last year. 

Peggy Aurand Young and Terry are en- 
sconced in a "huge old relic of a house" 
overlooking the Pacific in Lima. Peru. 
Last year they braved a trip up the Amazon 
with sons Dennis and Peter. Peggy still rides 
horses daily and is painting proficiently and 
prolifically enough to warrant one-woman 
shows in the galleries of Lima. 

Our own Dr. Ashton Barfield finished a 
post-doctoral fellowship in the Department 
of Obstetrics/Gynecology at the University 


of Pennsylvania Medical School in April 
1974. Her next step: to New York City for a 
job with the Population Council of Rocke- 
feller Univ.. a foundation involved in repro- 
ductive biology, family planning and popu- 
lation problems. She's responsible for coordi- 
nating the development of male contracep- 

Barbara Burns Persons "works out hosti- 
lities and thus benefits the family" by run- 
ning three miles daily in the Atlanta area. 
June will find her and Oscar wine-tasting 
through France. 

Sheila Carroll Cooprider and Chuck just 
pulled up roots and moved to Altus, Ok. 
(2513 Apache Pass. Indian Hills) with 
daughters Kathryne (b) and Rea Ann (4). 
Chuck's a C-5 instructor pilot and is work- 
ing on his masters. 

Kay Coffey Preston's in Longmont. Colo., 
involved in every aspect of theater: acting 
lead roles, directing, managing Colorado's 
Shakespeare Theater. She also raises and 
shows Persian cats on the show circuit all 
over the country, charges around her farm 
via Arabian stallion, and tutors handicapped 
and ill high school kids in her spare time. 

V. M. Del Greco Galgano. Mike, and sons 
Robert (4''2) and David (1) are in Hunting- 
ton. W. Va.. where Mike teaches history at 
Marshall Univ. V. M. claims she's "sold her 
life to the League of Women Voters as a 
Voter Service Chairwoman." 

Dootsie Duer Leach hobbled through 1974 
on crutches, but with broken leg mended 
she's back doing volunteer work, raising her 
girls, and crewing on their new sailboat. She 
and Walt whirled through Switzerland on a 
semi-business trip and are recovering back 
home in Philadelphia. 

Marilyn Dunlap Laird's life in Paris. 
Tenn.. is "completely filled with cows, gar- 
dening and three allergic, hyperkinetic child- 

Susan Dwelle Baxter's August wedding in 
Atlanta was a veritable reunion, with 16 
'64-ers in sight. She and Bill have settled in 
the heart of historical Charleston where he's 
on the Bishop's staff as Consultant in Edu- 
cation. Bill is an Episcopal priest. 

Alice Fales Stuart and Dick plus sons 
William and Paul are in Belmont. Mass.. 
convenient to Dick's teaching at Harvard 
Law School and Alice's part-time teaching 
of history and geography at the Winsor 
School, Boston, 

Harriet Findley Benkovick and Jack are 
active in church youth groups in Mechanics- 
burg, Pa. Meanwhile. Harriet's been hitting 
the books again for a B.A. in history and 
juggling the lives of Buffv (12). John (10). and 
Tom (9). 

Nancy Gillies is an R. N. on duty at U.Va. 
Hospital's Pediatric Dept., a tough job that's 
challenging, sometimes heartbreaking, al- 
ways rewarding. She's seen a lot of the U. S. 
recently, and says there are plenty of SBC-ers 
working at the hospital, 

Sally Gump Berryman and Arthur work 
as a team: he as G, P,, she as office nurse. 
French tutoring, tennis, St, Bernards and 
Bloodhounds with puppies also complicate 
her life in Sewanee. Tenn. Stepson Frank 
may be '64's first entry in the race for a SBC 
Junior Year in France. 

Diane Haich recently completed all the re- 
quirements for the Ph.D., Dept, of Classics. 
Univ, of N.C. and is teaching at Mary 
Washington College. Fredericksburg. Va. 

Hedi Haug White and Tom bought a 

home in Richmond where Hedi's challenged 
by loddler Timothy and active in the Ameri- 
can Association of Univ. Women for which 
she's running a conference on "Women and 
the State Laws of Virginia." 

Harriet Houston Shaffer and Charlie are 
headed for Sea Island with fellow Atlantans. 
Susan Brunson and Ed Croft. 

Kathy Hsu Jeong earned a Ph.D, in 
parasitology from Berkeley and lives with 
her dentist husband Gary in San Francisco, 
Although she's on a motherhood break, 
Kathy plans to eventually switch back to 
parasitology from her current diaper career. 

Susan John Mancini and Albert are in 
Worthington, Ohio; he teaches at Ohio State 
University while Susan chases toddler Mara 
Bell and Nicholas (5), 

Gene Johnson Sigler is in Little Rock with 
her husband Bill and six-year old daughter, 

Tappy Lynn Frangiamore has joined the 
march of '64's on Atlanta and reigns as 
curator of the Atlanta Historical Society. 

Lorna Macleod Smith. Steve and four 
children are meeting the challenges of re- 
novating an old farmhouse on major acreage 
in Fairfield. Maine. 

Kate Roy Massie Christian and Dixon 
are city folks again, back to Richmond and 
the business of settling in at 34 Old Mill Rd. 

Tuck Mallern Harvey and Ralph have a 
new home . . . 2017 Avondale. Wichita 
Falls. Texas. 

Marsha Metcalf Seymour writes from 
Warsaw, Poland, where Jack's in the Em- 
bassy. She's tackling Polish, still dancing 
up a storm, and 'coping with the complex 
lives of Peter (6) and Randle (3), 

Dottie Norris Schipper's photography 
hobby has bloomed into a healthy career 
in Greenville, S, C, 

Leasie Scon Porter, now officially "Lee- 
zee," and son, Erin (6) are in Georgetown, 
D.C.. where he's under the influence of Mon- 
tessori and she's launched two thriving 
careers — one in interior design: the other, 
running a "very small, very unique" furni- 
ture-leasing business, 

Lynn Smith Crow and Bill are about to 
temporarily escape it all (David, A'/i; Sandy, 
3'.j: Margaret, 10 mo,) and do some serious 
Alpine skiing while Bill's on business in 

Wendy Thomas Hicks and John call Lake 
Forest, III,, home with their six-year-old 

Sharon Van Clere is in San Fernando. 
Calif., and has been promoted to Executive 
Director of the educational consulting firm 
she's been with two years. They specialize 
in materials, programs and services for the 
Spanish-speaking. After spending a year in 
a Mexican village. Sharon, too. is Spanish- 
speaking. She vacations in Guatemala and 
travels extensively with her job, 

Paticia Wheelan is law secretary to Judge 
Felice K, Shea. N.Y. Civil Court, a job in- 
volving research, writing and time on the 
bench. As a N.Y.C. resident. Pat is taking 
in massive doses of theater and opera be- 
sides working toward another law degree at 
NYU and serving as Treasurer of the Legal 
Aid Junior Committee. 

Penny Writer Theis and Stuart are claim- 
ing another dependent in their new Cleveland 
home: sons Jeff (8) and Tim (5'/;) continue 
to thrive. 

Nancy Hall Green writes from Atlanta 
that she and Holcombe just returned from a 
Charleston. S.C.. visit with Susan Dwelle 

Ba.xter and Bill. Nancy's Frank (2) and 
Holcombe III (S'/j) keep her on the move, but 
she still manages to squeeze in plenty of 
community work: Atlanta's Jr. League 
Board, membership in the Metro Atlanta 
Crime Commission, and her recent chal- 
lenge of United Way Women's Chairman, 

Last Fall. JoAnne Soderquisl Kramer and 
sons Guy (3''2) and William (5) left Cleve- 
land for Charlottesville — 2111 Michie Drive 
#82. With a real estate license under her 
belt. Jo Anne is now deep in studies for her 
Ph.D. in Systems Engineering at U.Va. 

Three-year-old Alan is giving Mollie 
Johnson Nelson the runaround in Lookout 
Mountain. Tenn., where Doug's an insur- 
ance executive and attorney, Mollie's im- 
mersed in Jr, League work and just finished 
organizing their fund-raising tennis tourna- 

From Greenwich, Conn,. Betsy Pidgeon 
Parkinson reports the arrival of Deborah 
Pidgeon Parkinson. June 26th. Debby joins 
Heather (8) and Geoff. Jr. (6). inseparable 
pal of Christie's Tina Salomon. Heading a 
Brownie troop and Jr. League work also ac- 
count for much of Betsy's time. She just 
heard from Mary Green Borg. whose third 
son. Owen, was born in November. 

Gail Sims Furniss. Peter, and children 
Michael (9) and Melissa (7) just breezed 
through the Florida Keys on an ocean-racing 
sailboat. Address change: 151 Off Johnson 
Ferry Rd., Marietta. Ga.30060. 

Last summer, confirmed Californians 
Stuart and Carrie Peyton Walker bought a 
house in old Spanish Palo Alto: 2350 Waver- 
ley St. Carrie's teaching at Stanford, coun- 
seling undergraduates and doing administra- 
tive work as Assistant Director of the Learn- 
ing Assistance Center. Her lectures extend 
beyond campus to Professional Conferences, 
and she's about to launch her dissertation 
study for her Ph,D. Stuart commutes to his 
law firm in San Francisco, The Walkers re- 
port a unique December trip to India and 

On the home front. I'm still growing 
organic vegetables and flirting with a writing 
career (magazine articles, children's books), 
working part-time in an antique store and 
chasing field mice around our pre-Revolu- 
tionary home. Tom's a vice-president at 
Young and Rubicam Advertising. N.Y.C. 
Tyler's a toothless first-grader and an avid 
cross-country skier who can handily out 
maneuver his parents. That's it for now. 


Acting Secretary 

Maria Wiglesworth Hemmings. 61 E. 82 St.. 

N.Y. .N.Y. 10028. 

Fund Agents 

Barbara Tillman Goodwin (Mrs. David C), 

1942 20th Ave.. S.. Birmingham, Ala, 35209. 

Marion MacRae, 2250 Jackson St.. San 

Francisco. Calif. 941 15. 


Maria Wiglesworth to Jeffrey P. Hemmings, 

May. 1974. 


Molly Randolph to F. Richard Davis. 


Thomas Wyatt to Beverlv Bradshaw and 


Kendall Blake. June 22. 1974. 

Martha Munroe to Page Munroe and John 

Renger. Oct. 9. 1974. 

Oscar Thomas to Gracey Stoddard and Pres 

Sloterbeck. Sept.. 1974. ' 

Allyn Sager to Mimi Harrison and Charles 

Rippin. June, 1974. 

Katherine to Mary Lindsay Smith and Mac 

Newson. Sept. 1974. 

Laura Braden to Lisa Braden and Vincent 

Foster. May 14. 1973. 

Mary Cary Ambler Finley in her usual 
successful way immediately ferreted out an 
SBC classmate in London. Jill Haden Behlke 
was in the midst of packing to move to 
Toronto, Ontario. The chefs at the Cordon 
Bleu will have the opportunity to teach 
Mary Cary their skills this winter. She and 
John will be in London through September 
and have lots of traveling plans. Also abroad 
is Ginny Carpenter Delgado. who has just 
moved back to Madrid. 

And in the U.S.A. I am still in N.Y.C. 
with a move of onlv six blocks following my 
marriage in May to Jeff. Weekdays I'm still 
trying to computerize every company in the 
city via time-sharing and taking long lunches 
in between. 

Being in N.Y.C. has made it possible to 
see more old classmates than usual. Both 
Stephanie Lucas Harrison and Dolly Cabal- 
lero Garcia were here last summer. Stephanie 
and Dick have a house in old San Juan and 
Stephanie is taking ballet lessons and doing 
some free-lance work. Dolly and Julio 
brought their three bilingual children to 
N.Y.C. Dolly's daughter is taking painting 
and just had her first exhibit. 

We saw Lynn Milton Walker and Kinney 
on their visit to the East from California. 
Lynn was tanned as usual and has returned 
to school to get her masters degree. Carole 
Munn is still flying for PanAm and living 
in Miami. 

In September Pam Fromme Formato and 
Pam Sullivan Livingston had a great tennis 
party where Jeff and I were matched against 
Rose Mary Smith Easton and Bill. Rose 
Mary, Bill and two sons are living in Fort 
Greene. Pam Sullivan Livingston has her 
hands full with eighteen-month old Will. 

Comes the news that: Joan McClure Mc- 
Nomara is getting her first neighbor in the 
far reaches of Baltimore county. Marion Mc- 
Crae is a lawyer with Bank of America in 
San Francisco, and Toni Naren Gates loves 
her new home in Chicago. 

Gretchen Bullard Barber is busy traveling 
for ."VTiT. although she and David were 
able to squeeze in a week of skiing at Vail. 
David has just received a promotion with 
I.C.I, and they are planning a move to the 
Greater Philadelphia area. Motherhood has 
not slowed down Gracey Stoddard Sloter- 
beck. Busy with her son Oscar, she still finds 
time to do volunteer work two days a week 
and cross-country ski with Pres at their farm 
in Vermont on weekends. 

A short business trip to Washington be- 
came pleasure when I had dinner with Polly 
Eells Schade, Mary Eckman Echols and 
Mellie Hickey Nelson and their husbands. 
Polly and Peter were in the midst of a 
house-closing and moving to Gaithersburg, 
Md. Since then Polly has moved, redecor- 
ated, and gone to the islands for R & R. 
Millie and Paul took a trip to Hong Kong 
this fall. In between trips abroad, this year 
to Germany and Switzerland, Mary Eckman 

Echols is working as a Congressional Liaison 
Assistant in Washington. While Steve is off 
on his hunting and surf-fishing expeditions. 
Tiffany Fairfax Lee. the nice family cat, 
keeps Mary company. Other news from the 
D. C. area is from Mary King Craddock who 
is now completing her residency in anesthesia 
at Georgetown Hospital. 

New residents of Princeton. N.J., are 
Colleen Coffee Hall, husband Bob and 
daughter Meghan. Colleen is also busy doing 
some volunteer work. Also in New Jersey, 
three possible "future Sweet Briar roses" 
Meg, C.C. and Anna have stymied Janie 
Willingham Glass' career in interior deco- 
rating for the present. She and Bill now have 
a small mail-out ministry. The excitement of 
the year for Jill Berguido Clement was finish- 
ing her master's degree in the psychology of 
reading. She will return to Montgomery 
School as a reading specialist. Her "sporting 
life" is still alive as she's playing field hockey 
weekly with a local team. 

From the northeast. Patty Fischer Van 
Orsdell wants to know why Frizzy never 
sent her a yearbook. She and Cliff are run- 
ning GYRO Gearloose Electronic Com- 
ponents in Boston. Barbara Annan 
lives nearby, as does Bonnie Bleu Pirie. who 
married Patty's favorite cousin. Beth Gaw- 
throp Riely and John wrote that they are 
now living in New Haven. 

Further south in Roanoke Rapids Mary 
Lindsay Smith Newsom reports that nine 
month old Kate is growing and growing! 

And now the news from Georgia. Susan 
Tucker was on the campaign trail again this 
fall working for two Georgia state senatorial 
races. She has also been serving as a constit- 
uent liaison for an Atlanta city councilman. 
Judy Schlatter Togle has been learning to 
"throw" pottery when she is not acting as 
the accountant for the new realty company 
she and her husband have in Stone Moun- 
tain. If you're in the area. Call Tempo Realty 
Co.! Shelley Gearharl Lindstrom has moved 
from Atlanta to Birmingham, where Frank 
is now managing a consulting engineering 
firm. Barbie Tillman Goodwin couldn't stand 
the peace and quiet around the house and is 
back at Connecticut Mutual Life. Their big 
news is that they have opened the first part 
of their entertainment complex in the old 
part of Birmingham. It's called "OAKS ST." 
Back in Newman. Ga., are Melissa Sanders 
Thomas and her family. They moved from 
Tupelo. Miss. She's trying to spruce up their 
house by covering it with ivy! She saw Rose- 
mary Smith Easton at Sea Island last sum- 
mer and also ran into Kay Trogdon. Julie 
Bodin Converse and her family stayed with 
Melissa enroute to Disney World. A new- 
comer to Atlanta is Martha Meeham Elgar. 
They moved down from Louisville. They 
spent a week in Virginia Beach last summer 
with Mary Lindsay Smith Newsom, Page 
Munroe Renger, Sally Haskell Hulcher, 
Peggy Handley Fitzgerald (and husbands). 
They all hope to do the same this year. 
Page is now a real estate broker. 

Elsewhere in the south. Molly Randolph 
met her husband-to-be. F. Richard Davis, 
on a bicycle and they celebrated their en- 
gagement by riding 100 miles with the Rich- 
mond Area Bicycling Association. She saw 
Randy Brown Sebring while attending a con- 
ference hosted by her elementary school. 
Mimi Harrison Rippin and family are living 
in the old district in downtown Savannah. 
Still living in Greenville, S.C.. is Jane Steven- 

son Wilson, whose husband Bob was recently 
made a partner in his law firm. 

Farther west at Columbus Air Force Base, 
Miss., is Beverly Bradshaw Blake and her 
family. Kendall is a Flight Surgeon there. 
Later this year, they'll be leaving for Mem- 
phis where he'll be doing orthopedic res- 

I got a long letter from Carroll Randolph 
Barr. Last spring she and her husband took 
eight of her French students to France for 
spring vacation. They had a great time, but 
she said she'd never get her husband to go 
back. On a trip to New Hampshire, they saw 
Kathy Kelety in Boston. 

More news from New York. Linda Fite 
and her family sailed to England this spring 
to spend more time in Cornwall. Mary Ellen 
Martin is now working for the United Na- 
tions in the office of the Secretary-General 
and recently saw Linda Grizzard Tiffany. 
Glory McRae Brown has been continuing 
her acting and singing and has appeared 
recently in No. No Nanette on Broadway and 
did Cactus Flower, Marriage-go-round and 
Come Blow Your Horn in dinner theater. 
Pam Ford Kelly and Brendan are renovating 
their brownstone in Brooklyn. 

As this goes to press. Jeff and I are taking 
up the invitation of Stephanie Lucas Har- 
rison and are off to Puerto Rico for a week. 



Marty Neill Boney (Mrs. William J., Jr.), 

5455-E Countryside Dr., Winston-Salem. 

N.C. 27105. 

Fund Agent 

Carter Frackelton. Apt. 78. 2517 Hydraulic 

Rd.. Charlottesville, Va. 22903. 


Debbie Dunklin to Bruce Hopkins. 


Cutler Bellows to Douglas Crockard. April, 


Candace Curran to Jimmv Heyward, Spring, 


Caroline Mauck to Bing Grumbine. June 1 . 


Marty Neill to William J. Boney. Jr.. June 8. 


Janet Nelson to Jonathan Gibson. V. Nov. 

30, 1974. 

Pam Newton to John Pratt, Oct. 19, 1974. 

Kathy Pauley to Gene Hickok, June 15. 


Bobo Ryan to Mont Hoyt. June 15, 1974. 

Gwin Schroder to Paul Kellum, May, 1974. 

Frances Stith to Edward O. Nilsson, April 

27, 1974. 

Betty Works to Frank Fuller. May. 1974. 

Received a great "best wishes" note from 
Jenni Matheson Aichner way back in June. 
She and Woody are living in Danville. Va.. 
where he is training to be an electrical com- 
puter engineer while she is in search of a 
career as a "designer of textiles, an art/film 
critic, a T.V. cameraperson. or a plumber." 
Up Rte. 29 from Danville. Carter Frackelton 
is taking her fourth grade class in Orange. 
Va., by storm when she's not zooming 
around C'ville or the surrounding country- 
side keeping up with fellow '72'ers. We had 
a great visit with her over New Year's, when 


she gave us the "scoop" on Janet Nelson 
Gibson's beautiful double wedding with her 
sister in Nov.. '74. Janet is presently work- 
ing in Richmond for an ophthalmologist 
while taking night courses toward entrance 
into pharmacy school. Husband Jo-Jo is an 
up-and-coming banker. 

Riker and Gini Stevens Purcell are both 
teaching English in Orange. Va. — Gini at 
Grymes Memorial and Riker at Woodberry 
Forest. Can't get much news from Susan 
Waller Nading these days. She's holding 
down a job full of "top-secret info." in a 
federal office in C'ville. where husband Ale.x 
is attending medical school. Also living, in 
C'ville are George and Bonnie Moe Stook. 
George is working on his M.B.A. at Va. 
while Bonnie is a "general go-for" in a 
lawyer's office there. 

Eastern Va. has its mouthful of "Sweets" 
these days with Barbara Tessin Jones, Mary 
Sue Morrison, Ann Brown, and Susan Snod- 
grass Wynne. Tessin loves law school at 
William and Mary while finding it quite a 
challenge: Mary Sue is enjoying grad. school 
there in the field of special education. She 
especially appreciates the practical experi- 
ence she is acquiring in the Williamsburg 
school system. Ann Brown writes that, hav- 
ing completed her M.A. in American History 
and Museum Studies, she is working as a 
research assistant at the Abby Aldrich 
Rockefeller Folk Art Collection in Williams- 
burg. Her job involves cataloguing the col- 
lection, working on exhibits, and generally 
"grovelling around the east coast" on minor 
museum business. 

Susan Snndgrass Wynee plans to finish out 
her second year of teaching fifth-graders at 
Norfolk Academy. Husband Dubby has re- 
cently joined a large corporation in Norfolk 
as in-house counsel. 

Keeping the boys in line at Hampden- 
Sydney are Kathy Pauley Hickok and hus- 
band Gene. Gene is Director of Financial 
Aid at the college while Kathy substitute 
teaches and gives piano lessons to faculty 
children. She has also been working on her 
M.A. in Music Education at V.C.U. Gene 
and Kathy are renting a 600-acre (!) farm 
five miles from the college. 

Last but not least of our bevy of Va. alums 
is Ginny B. Payne Sasser. She and Flip 
are keepin' the home-fires burning between 
commutes to Fort Belvoir (Flip's "hitch" is 
over in the spring, when he plans to apply to 
law school) and real-estating in Fredericks- 

D.C. is still overflowing with '72'ers — 
having gained and lost a few of them. Kathy 
(Toug) Walsh and Pam Drake migrated 
from Boston to take the city by surprise. 
They both love their present jobs: Toug is 
exhibiting her journalistic talents in the pro- 
duction department of the Congressional 
Quarterly while P. D. is working for a uni- 
versity consulting firm as secretary to Dr. 
Luther Terry, former surgeon-general. Jill 
Johnson McDonald and Karen Medford 
Baumann are two more newcomers to the 
D.C. area. Karen is enjoying her work for 
Research Institutes of America. After a hor- 
rendous bout with mononucleosis. Mary 
Heller is finally back on her feet and very 
much involved with her research at NIH. 
D.C. veterans Gail Garner and Louise Mar- 
tin are keepin' the town hopping. Gail is now 
waitressing in Georgetown several nights a 
week — making a bundle more than she did 
working Mon.-Fri. as an executive secretary! 
Kate Williams reported that, as of June, '74, 
she could be found working at the CBS News 


office in D.C. 

Received major epistles this fall from Mar- 
garet Craw and Anne Garrett Burfield who 
have both left D.C. — Margaret, to check out 
the west coast: Anne, to study in New Or- 
leans. Margaret has kept herself busy reno- 
vating her grandmother's house in the San 
Fernando valley at the foothills of the San 
Gabriel mountains while Anne wrote that 
she and Rod. as of Aug., "74. would be liv- 
ing in New Orleans, where she'd be attending 
Tulane, pursuing Latin American studies. 
She will be in a Master's program and hopes 
to go on for her Ph.D. 

After their Surf City stint ended, D. G. 
and Trish Neale Van Clief made an unex- 
pected, last-minute move to Philadelphia, 
where D. G. has begun a training program 
in corporate sales with Metropolitan Life. A 
little "petrified" at first about taking Philly 
on. Trish reported at Christmas that she and 
D. G. are really enjoying life there. 

Other '72'ers who have made major moves 
within the last year include Ellen Apperson. 
Jeanette Pillsbury. Ceci Albert, and Mary 
Pat Varn Prevatt. "Phat" moved back to 
Tallahassee from Miami in the spring of '74 
and attended FSU while part-timing it at 
the Trust Dep't of the Lewis State Bank. As 
of Christmas, she was bustling around get- 
ting ready to zoom to London to attend the 
FSU Overseas Study Center there for six 
months. She is thrilled with the idea of 
studying in London, and is now consider- 
ing applying to law school upon graduation. 
The Air Force has sent Ceci to Woomera. a 
small village in the Australian outback — 
"a whole lot of desert and a life style similiar 
to the U.S. ten or twenty years ago!" Ceci 
is still a computer programmer analyst and 
is actively pursuing the possibility of an M.A. 
in some combination of math and computer 
science when she returns to the states. A 
recent newsletter written by Jeanette's 
mother reported that Jeanette is living a very 
fulfilling life as a nun in St. Mary's Convent 
in Milwaukee, Wis. 

After one and a half years in Vienna. 
Austria, studying voice and teaching English. 
Ellen returned home to Charlotte. N.C. 
where she substitute taught until the first 
of December. She then enrolled as a special 
student at Davidson College where she is 
studying German with hopes of getting her 
M.A. and later teaching high school. 

Also down N.C.-way are Greyson Shuff 
Tucker and Kathy Upchurch. Greyson is 
teaching tenth grade English in Wilson and 
thoroughly enjoying it. Kathy wrote last fall 
to report that she has completed the first of 
two clinical years of Duke Med. School and 
is now involved in biochemistry research. 
Despite all of her studies, she has found 
time to keep her tennis game and sing (as a 
member of the college choir), be a full- 
voting member of the admissions committee 
for the med. school, and date a Pediatrics 
intern. Ginger Upchurch keeps busy and 
happy with h^r clinical rotations at Johns 
Hopkins while dating a fourth year student 
there. During a visit to the ole alma mater, 
Kathy U. bumped into Brucie Barrett who 
is still teaching at a private elementary 
school in New York and is painting quite 
a bit. According to Kathy, Margaret Hayes 
is doing really well and is almost through 
with her M.B.A. at Vanderbilt. Hillary Man- 
kin returned in the late fall from a ten-week 
venture in Europe and the Middle East and 
was — at that time — trying to decide where 
to head job-wise. 

Jean Chaloux writes that she is "support- 

ing body with a job as a graduate assistant, 
while supporting soul with her work on a 
M.A. in communication at Fairfield Uni- 
versity." She hopes to complete her course- 
work by May of '75. 

Following her departure from SBC. Char- 
lotte Daniels worked for two years and then 
finished up at Miami U. of Ohio, graduating 
summa cum laude. She is now in a manage- 
ment program with a savings and loan com- 
pany and is working toward her M.B.A. at 
night. Penny Thomas is another '72er keep- 
ing the state of Ohio on its toes. She is still 
living in Willoughby and is now trying to 
get into the public relations field — an area 
she has found difficult to enter with the pres- 
ent state of the economy. 

In training to become the next Attorney 
General of the U.S., Marion Walker 
"adores" law school at Samford U. in Birm- 
ingham, where she is half-way through her 
course -work. 

Representing "Sweets" in the Massachu- 
setts area are Francis Stith Nilsson and Joan 
Langenberg. Frances married Edward 
Nilsson, an architect with The Architects 
Collaborative in Harvard Square, Cam- 
bridge, in April of this year. Having grad- 
uated with her M.A. in library science in 
August of '73. she has a job as a reference 
librarian at Babson College in Wellesley, 
Mass. Joan calls Watertown (outside of Cam- 
bridge) home, and thoroughly enjoys her 
work in the municipal bond dep't. of White 
Weld and Co. in downtown Boston. 

Lynn Waterman is working in real estate 
in New York City, but finds business a bit 
slow these days. 

Margaret Lyle Jones is using her chemistry 
degree by working on a heart research grant 
while her husband is doing his internship in 
internal medicine. They are both at the Univ. 
Med. Center in Birmingham. 

Tina Etling graduated from the Univ. of 
Miami with a major in nursing and is now a 
Registered Nurse working at Jackson Me- 
morial Hospital (county hospital and medical 
center for Univ. of Miami). She is an assis- 
tant to the medical director of the Surgical 
Intensive Care Unit and is doing research in 
cardiopulmonary management of the acutely 
ill. giving lectures, and teaching. 

Beverly Home Dommerick lives in St. 
Petersburg, where her husband is in law 

The new year started with a bang this 
time around when we received a surprise 
phone call from Lloyd and Kathy Keys 
Gordon. Debbie Dunklin, and Bruce Hop- 
kins who were all toasting us from Memphis, 
Keys and Lloyd became celebrities this past 
fall with an almost-life-size color article in 
the magazine section of a Memphis news- 
paper describing their fabulous renovation 
of the carriage house they have rented. Keys 
is training to be a physician's assistant while 
Lloyd holds down a two or three-night-a- 
week job at the hospital and keeps up with 
second-year med. courses as well. Debbie 
and Bruce are finally taking that last plunge 
and are madly making plans for their wed- 
ding in August. 

And speaking of final plunges . . . Wil- 
liam J. and I took ours this past June. Au- 
tumn brought us burglars and benefits 
(unemployment, that is), but all's well now — 
I'm taking claims for the unemployed in- 
stead of making them for us! Meanwhile 
photography keeps Bill sane and out of the 
legal doldrums of second year law school. 

Please keep all your news rollin' in or, 
better yet, roll in yourselves! 




Recent Deaths 

Mrs. Clifton M. Carter (Mary Buell AC). January 

23, 1975. 
Mrs. W. Kenton Cason (Adella Page AC), May 16, 

Mrs. William L. Lee (Anne Hawkins AC), June 15, 

Mrs. Marshall MacDonald (Ernestine Hutter AC), 

December 1974. 
Mrs. Ross L. McLellan (Eveline Kyle Shirey AC), 

March 1. 1973. 
Mrs. Edward P. Nickinson (Em Merritt AC), 

September 24, 1973. 
Mrs. John M. Nokes (Anna W. Fawcus AC), April 

21, 1974. 
Mrs. J. M. Schneider, Jr. (Frances Sellars AC), 

December 1, 1972. 
Mrs. Henry W. Thrasher (Nina Allen AC), November 

20, 1974. 
Miss Vera Timpson AC, August 11, 1973. 
Mrs. William T. Covington (Idelle McNeal '19), Fall 


Mrs. Maxwell W. Lippitt (Anita Cowan '20), December 

31, 1974. 
Miss Dorothy Powell '21, September 19, 1974. 
Mrs. C. Arthur Borg (Marion Van Cott '26), October 

10, 1974. 
Mrs. Christine Cundiff (Christine Thomas '26), 

December 1974. 
Mrs. William S. Senter, Jr. (Virginia Mack "26), 

December 12, 1974. 
Mrs. Kenneth A. Durham (Josephine Snowdon '27), 

December 24, 1974. 
Mrs. Louise C. Schroeder (Louise Collins '27), 

September 1974. 
Miss Virginia Keyser '31, Winter 1974. 
Mrs. Laura Wright (Laura Roulette '36). November 

9. 1974. 
Miss Elizabeth Love '39. December 1. 1974. 
Mrs. Richard B. Wathen (Viola James '39). January 

18. 1975. 
Mrs. John E. Packard (Edna Schomaker '41), February 

2. 1975. 
Mrs. Harry R. Thurber. Jr. (Priscilla Masten '48), 

November 1974. 

Alumnae Directory 

The Sweet Briar Alumnae Association is planning to 
publish a new Alumnae Directory in 1976. The last 
Directory was published in 1971. 

Will you please help us make this Directory as ac- 
curate as possible by sending us any changes that 
should be made on the address label of this magazine. 

The deadline for address changes will be September 
1, 1975. If you change your name or address before 
that date, be sure to let us know. 

Maiden name 


Married name 



Please return to Alumnae House, Sweet Briar, Virginia 

non-fiction, whatever you have published in book form. 
The collection will be displayed on campus during 
the celebration year at a place not yet determined. We 
need your help in making as complete a list and col- 
lection as possible. Will each of you who choose to 
contribute please fill in the form below and return it 
to us as soon as you can? 

Maiden name 


Married name 


Do you write under a different name? . 
If so. what name? 

Name(s) of publications. 

Attention: Writers 

As part of Sweet Briar's celebration of its 75th birth- 
day, which will be observed during the calendar year 
1976. the College is eager to assemble a collection of 
published works by Sweet Briar alumnae. 

This collection will include books, short stories, 
poems, essays, photographic-essay books, music; books 
in hard-back, books in paper back. Textbooks, fiction. 

Would you be interested in making a gift to the Col- 
lege of any or all of your publications, autographed, 

if possible? 

If yes, please notify us when and what we may expect. 
Have you a book now in preparation for publication? 
If so, would such a book be available 

during 1976? 


The Book Shop sends a blanket invitation 
to all alumnae to visit in person or to shop 
by mail. Please consider us your personal 
bookshop, plus your headquarters for all 
Sweet Briar merchandise. We are here to 
sen e. New Charge accounts welcomed. 



Brandy Snifter S2.15 8'S16.00 

Champagne or Wineglass S2.25 8 S16,50 

High Ball SI. 35 8510.00 

Old Fashion SI. 15 8 S8.50 

Jefferson Cup (Pewter) $".Q5 

Dinner Plate (S.B. House in grn.) $^.50 

Sweel Briar Armchair (Blk. w/cherr>' arms) 572.00 

Sweet Briar Station print (white/green mat. framed) 519 

Sweel Briar "T"' Shirts (navy. U. blue. om..yel., grn.)s-m.|-xl 53.25 

Sweet Briar Sweatshirts tgrn.. navy)s-m-I-,xl 55.40 


Virginia residents add 4% Sales Tax. Shipments under $10.00. add $.50 

for handling and shipping- Chairs are shipped REA Express O 


from Sweet Briar, 


Remiitance enclosed _ 

Charge my regular account ^ 

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Nominee for Board of Overseers 

The Executive Board of the Sweet Briar 
Alumnae Association submits the name of 
Adelaide Boze Glascock '40 to the members 
of the Association as a candidate for election 
to the Board of Overseers of S« eet Briar Col- 

Other names may be added to the ballot 
if they are sent to the Director of the Alum- 
nae Association. Sweet Briar, Virginia, ac- 
companied by fifteen signatures of members 
of the Association, and the written consent 
of the nominees, within two weeks after the 
publication of this name as the Executive 
Board nominee. Ballots will be sent to all 
members of the Association, and the elected 
candidate's name will be submitted to the 
Board of Overseers as the nominee from the 

Married to James A. Glascock. Jr.. a 
partner in the law firm of Milbank. Tweed. 
Hadley & McCloy of New York City. Mrs. 
Glascock lives in Short Hills. New Jersey. Her 
activities in the Sweet Briar Alumnae As- 
sociation have been numerous: She has 
served as president of the Sweet Briar Club 
of Richmond and the Sweet Briar Club of 
northern New Jersey: she has been a class 
secretary and an Alumna Representative: she 
was chairman of the first Washington Na- 
tional Bulb Project in 1951-52 and continues 
to play an active role in the Bulb Project as 
chairman for northern New Jersey last year 
and co-chairman this year. She was a mem- 
ber of the Executive Board of the Alumnae 
Association from 1951-1954. 

As a Sweet Briar undergraduate Adelaide 
was active in Paint & Patches. French Qub. 
Tanz Zirkle. Glee Club, Choir and Sweet 
Briar News. A French major, she spent her 

junior year in France, studying at the In- 
stitut de Touraine and the Sorbonne. and 
received her degree cum laude in 1940. 

In 1941 she received her M. A. in French 
from Columbia University, following which 
she taught French at Fairfax Hall. St. Cath- 
erine's. The Collegiate School and Mount 
Vernon Junior College. 

The mother of a son. James Scott Glas- 
cock, who is a Yale graduate and currently 
a student at Vanderbilt Law School. Ade- 
laide has found time to be a volunteer in 
community affairs. In Richmond, among 
other things, she served as president of both 
the AAUW and Girl Scout Council. In Short 
Hills she was a trustee of the Short Hills 
Country Day School: chairman of the Visit- 
ing Nurse Service; founder and sponsor of a 
senior citizens club; member of the Overlook 
Hospital Auxiliary Board; and board mem- 
ber of both Planned Parenthood and Red 

Nominees for the Executive Board 

Judith Sorley Chalmers "59. Chairman of the 
Nominating Committee, and members of her 
Committee submit the following slate of 
alumnae to serve on the Executive Board 
of the Sweet Briar Alumnae Association: 

First Vice-President; 

Elinor Clement Littleton '46, Valley Forge, 

Second Vice-President: 

Eleanor Potts Snodgrass "48. Jacksonville, 

Alumnae Fund Chairman: 

Mary Lee McGinnis McClain '54, Winnetka, 

Nominating Chairman: 

Judith Sorley Chalmers "59, Short Hills. N.J. 

Alumnae Representative Chairman: 

Martha Mansfield Clement '48. Fairfax. Va. 

Estate Planning Chairman: 

Carolyn Scott Dillon, Rochester, N.Y. 

Finance Committee Chairman: 

Margaret Sheffield Martin '48 

Golden Stairs Chairman: 

Jane Roseberry Ewald '52. Charlottesville, 

Scholarship Chairman: 

Nannette McBurney Crowdus '57, Wellesley, 

Regional Chairmen: 

Region II Patricia Whitaker Waters '44. 
Lutherville. Md. 

Region III Julia Gray Sanders Michaux '39. 
Richmond, Va. 

Region IV Meta Space Moore '55. Charles- 
ton. S.C. 

Region VI Alice Cary Farmer Brown '59, 
Prospect, Ky. 

Region VIII Dorothy Woods McLeod "58. 
Nashville. Tenn. 

Region IX Polly Chapman Herring '61. 
Houston. Tex. 

Members of the Nominating Committee are 
the Regional Chairmen of the Alumnae 


An Overseer's Question 

"I am convinced that the faculty and administration 
of a college or university, and its Board, must concern 
themselves with the quality of the institution on a con- 
tinual, on-going basis. What measures do you. the 
faculty and Board of Overseers use to determine the 
quality of Sweet Briar's education?" 

TTiat was the question recently asked by a newly- 
elected Trustee of the College. Cornelius W. Pettinga 
of Indianapolis, executive vice president of Eli Lilly 
Co. and president of Elizabeth Arden. Mr. Pettinga's 
daughter Julie Ann is a Sweet Briar junior. As the 
father of a Sweet Briar student, as a College Over- 
seer. Mr. Pettinga had more than one reason to ask 
his question. 

President Whiteman asked Dean Barbara Blair for 
her cooperation in writing an official answer to Mr. 
Pettinga's question, a question which has concerned 
Sweet Briar alumnae for many years. 

We alumnae keep asking ourselves and our campus 
friends, what about the academic standards today? 
How can you measure the quality of a college edu- 

To evaluate class-room teaching, explains Dean 
Blair, is a difficult matter. "Satisfactory quantitative 
methods of evaluation have not yet been developed." 
However, she assures us. Sweet Briar makes a con- 
tinuing study of its students, faculty and alumnae to 
evaluate the quality of its educational activity and pro- 

"The quality of a Sweet Briar education is related 
to the quality of the students who come to Sweet 
Briar." the Dean states. "It is obvious from our high 
tuition that our students come from families with 
above-average incomes. Therefore, our students enter 

Sweet Briar with many advantages. About 50% have 
received their secondary education in private schools. 
Many have traveled widely and have had special train- 
ing in music, dance or art. They are above average in 
academic achievement. The Class of 1978 presented 
an average Verbal SAT of 510. compared with the na- 
tional average for women of 442; and an average math 
SAT of 520. compared with the national average for 
women of 459." 

For the past eight years. Dean Blair tells us. Sweet 
Briar has participated in a research project to study 
college freshmen. The project is sponsored by the 
American Council on Education. The characteristics 
and attitudes of entering students are studied by means 
of a questionnaire administered during Orientation 
Week. Each year the results of the questionnaire are 
returned to the College in the form of percentages for 
Sweet Briar students and percentages for the national 
average of at least 360 colleges and universities. 

The results of the 1973 questionnaire "indicate some 
characteristics of our students." the Dean says. The 
Sweet Briar College freshmen are above the national 
average for women freshmen in high school grades. 
Seventy-seven per cent of Sweet Briar's freshmen class 
chose Sweet Briar's good academic reputation as one 
reason for selecting the College; this percentage is 
greater than the national average for women who 
chose for this reason. SBC freshmen are above the na- 
tional average for women in their plans to get an M.D. 
or a law degree. 

The parents of Sweet Briar College students are 
much more highly educated than the national average: 


Education of Parents of College Freshmen 
(Highest Degree Earned) 

National Ave. 

Sweet Briar 

for Women 

Father's education 

college degree 



some graduate school 



graduate degree 



Mother's education 

college degree 



some graduate school 



graduate degree 



The 1973 questionnaire reveals that Sweet Briar 
freshmen are ambitious in their career goals. Sweet 
Briar freshmen checked more frequently than the na- 
tional average for women probable careers as artist 
(including performance), doctor (M.D. or D.D.S.). en- 
gineer, farmer or forester, health professional (non- 
M.D.), and lawyer. There also are more freshmen un- 
decided as to probable career than in the national 
sample. Twenty-three percent of Sweet Briar freshmen 
were undecided as compared with 13% of women fresh- 
men nationally. 

Sweet Briar students were higher in the national 
sample in the following reasons checked as very impor- 
tant for long-term career choice: high anticipated earn- 
ings, respected occupation, independence, chance for 
steady progress, and intrinsic interest in the field. They 
also were above the national average in agreeing that 
large families should be discouraged and that women 
should get job equality. In political orientation. Sweet 
Briar students were higher in the conservative and far 
right categories. 

Therefore, as compared with college women national- 
ly. Sweet Briar freshmen have higher aptitudes and 
high school grades, have parents who are more highly 
educated, are more ambitious in their career goals, 
and are more conservative in their political thinking. 

Faculty and Accreditation 

"The quality of Sweet Briar education is related to 
the quality of the faculty," the Dean affirms. The fol- 
lowing table shows that a high percentage of the Sweet 
Briar faculty holds the Ph.D. (or the terminal degree 
for artists) and that the faculty is a fairly young one. 
One of the requirements for tenure is attainment of 
the Ph.D. If tenure is not recommended, the faculty 
member is not reappointed. 

A faculty committee suggests candidates for election 
or appointment to the committees of the College. There 
is a faculty advisory board; faculty meetings are held 
regularly. Research and attendance at professional 
meetings are encouraged, the Dean states. "Teaching," 
she continues, "is evaluated by students each term us- 
ing a questionnaire developed by the faculty advisory 
board. Evaluation by colleagues takes place at times 
of reappointment, promotion, and consideration for 

Once every ten years the entire College becomes in- 
volved in a self-study in preparation for a visit from a 
committee chosen by the Southern Association of Sec- 
ondary Schools and Colleges. Accreditation is rewarded 
or withheld on the basis of the self-study and the com- 
mittee report. Sweet Briar was accredited by 1921, and 
accreditation was most recently received in 1970. 

Asked why Sweet Briar becomes involved in a self- 
study only once every ten years rather than every five 
or four years. Dean Blair answers: "The self-study re- 
quired by the Southern Association is a time-consuming 
process which involves the whole College. At least a 
year and a half before the arrival of the visiting com- 
mittee the local committees start the process of gather- 
ing, discussing and compiling data and writing re- 
ports. Four years after the visit a follow-up report must 
be made. Perhaps a smaller scale self-study at the five- 
year point would be useful. 

Characteristics of Sweet Briar College Faculty 1974 - 1975 


in rank 

No. with 

% with 

No. with 

% with 









Associate Professor 







Assistant Professor 



















"The curriculum of the College is under constant 
study by the departments and the Instruction Commit- 
tee. From time to time ad hoc committees are estab- 
lished to study the curriculum as a whole. The com- 
mittee which suggested the 4-1-4 plan four years ago 
is an example. Another ad hoc committee is about to 
begin a study of the curriculum again." 

Excellence of a college, one believes, is measured 
not only by the quality of its students and by the 
quality of its faculty — perhaps the two most important 
aspects of a// — but also the excellence can be mea- 
sured by other factors: 

The Phi Beta Kappa Chapter of Sweet Briar re- 
ceived its charter in 1949. 

The American Chemical Society approved the 
Chemistry Dept. in 1963. 

The State of Virginia Department of Education ap- 
proved SBC's Dept. of Education in 1974, the same 
year as the approval of the Music Department by the 
National Association of Schools of Music. 

Since 1948 the College has sponsored the Sweet Briar 
Junior Year in France, which is regarded by those 
knowledgeable in the field of undergraduate study 
abroad as the best of the junior year programs. An- 
nually it enrolls from 100-1 10 juniors representing us- 
ually 50 or more colleges and universities. Last year 
the top academic honors in the program were shared 
by a Harvard junior and by a Sweet Briar student, 
Karin Ingrid Lindgren '75 of Annapolis, Maryland. 

"In addition to the Sweet Briar-sponsored Junior 
Year in France," the Dean says, "Sweet Briar provides 
guidance to those who wish to study elsewhere in 
Europe or the world. We have had juniors studying in 
Israel, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, and Germany. 
For more than forty years the College has had a special 
relationship with the University of St. Andrews in 
Scotland. We also send students to the University of 
Aberdeen, the University of Exeter, England, and the 
University of Southampton. It is seldom that a stu- 
dent recommended for admission by Sweet Briar Col- 
lege is refused a place. Our record is so good because of 
the reputation of the College, the reputation for the ex- 
cellence of its academic program and the calibre of 
students who are recommended for foreign study." 


"The real test of the quality of a Sweet Briar edu- 
cation," Dean Blair states, "is how well our graduates 
perform in their chosen careers. The College is justly 
proud of the accomplishments of its alumnae. Nearly 
30% of our seniors go to graduate or professional 
schools, including medical school, law school, MAT 
programs, nursing school, business school, library 
school and special education programs. 

"Our graduates enter both master's and doctoral 
programs. They attend the best universities in the 
country. Our students are seldom refused admission to 
the graduate schools of their choice. We have a parti- 

cularly good record of admission to medical and law 

"Over a five-year period we find that, based on a 
study known to be incomplete, our graduates have won 
at least 25 awards considered national in scope, such as 
the Woodrow Wilson Fellowships, Fulbright Fellow- 
ships, National Science Foundation Awards, and the 
Thomas G. Watson Fellowships." 

Approximately 90% of the Sweet Briar alumnae 
marry. Many of them hold full or part-time jobs at 
some time during their marriage. 

"Sweet Briar College," the Dean states, "takes pride 
in the quality of its education. 

"However, the quality must always be improved. 
Outstanding faculty must be attracted to the College 
when vacancies occur. Better methods of teaching must 
be adopted. The curriculum undergoes continuous cri- 
ticism, review and change by the Student Curriculum 
Committee, the student-faculty Instruction Committee, 
and by the departments themselves. The faculty are 
keenly aware that a good curriculum today may not be 
a good curriculum tomorrow." 

While we alumnae realize that more of Sweet Briar 
graduates enter graduate or professional school today 
than they did in the 40's and 50's, we ask: Are today's 
entering students as academically able as they were 10 
or 20 years ago? Is there the possibility that every col- 
lege, including Sweet Briar, must lower its academic 
standards in order to fill the dorms and pay the bills 
and avoid deficit spending? Are the SAT scores lower 
than they were in 1955 or in 1960 or 1965? Are SAT 
scores all that important anyway? 

The late Professor Ethel Ramage of our English 
Department said, "The only thing that counts is moti- 
vation; and motivation is the one thing we cannot 
measure when we consider whom to accept for admis- 

To our question of the possibility that Sweet Briar's 
academic standards (for admission) are lower than say 
10 or 20 years ago. Dean Blair replies: "The size of the 
applicant pool has decreased since the 60's. Therefore, 
the average SATs of Sweet Briar freshmen have de- 
clined. However, the SAT is only one measure of ability 
and is not a very good predictor of success in college. 
Miss Ramage correctly perceived that motivation is 
most important. High school grades, which more ac- 
curately reflect motivation, are a better indication of 
future performance in college. 

"Sweet Briar College did not expand greatly dur- 
ing the 60's. Therefore, we have not been faced with 
the problem of filling new dormitories. The range of 
abilities of our students has increased. We still attract 
some excellent students but we now admit some who 
require special attention to achieve Sweet Briar College 

At this writing in early February, we follow Dean 
Blair's informative comments with President White- 
man's news that as of late January, 1975, applications 
for next fall are running 14% ahead of last year's. Some 
283 prospective students attended the winter weekend, 
compared to 104 last year. — C.F.B. 



us • • • 

Lvsbclh W. Muncv 
Charles A. Dana Professor of History 

JaneC. Belcher 

Duberg Professor of Ecolog,v 

Here we are. toujours gai. Zeke used to say that one 
of the occupational hazards for teachers is that, hav- 
ing been mistaken for students when they started, they 
go through life in a state of arrested development, una- 
ware that the situation has changed. On the other 
hand, it may not have changed all that much. I speak 
with some feeling, having just returned from the annual 
weekend field trip to Washington, when Elizabeth 
Sprague and I and nine students did the Smithsonian 
on Saturday and the zoo on Sunday. Of the 1 1 people 
involved, guess which ones spent their time seeking 
places to sit down, groaned at early breakfast, slept 
most of the way driving up and back — not the two Old 

Beth and I have mixed feelings about this assign- 
ment, i.e. writing our own farewell. Anyone else tapped 
for the job would have been forced into a eulogy -c!<w- 
obituary and this can be painful all 'round. When one 
reaches 65 she is fairly realistic about her bad, medio- 
cre and good points and reacts cynically to eulogies — 
you can't fool us. In composing our little piece we're 
speaking not only for ourselves but for Hilda, who re- 


tires with us, and for the others who should be part of 
this "graduating class" — Gil, Martha and Mary Ann. 
Together these 6 people have spent a total of about 
185 years at Sweet Briar and thus ought to be able to 
comment on changes. But when one's on location the 
changes are so gradual as to be almost imperceptible — 
it's you people returning for Council, reunions or to 
show the College to your daughters who notice them 
more. One must assume that the changes have been 
good, otherwise they'd have been scrapped. Some mere- 
ly represent the old swinging pendulum, as, for in- 
stance, the shift from distribution requirements to free 
electives. The pendulum, it would now seem, is about 
to swing back again. Some changes are rolling with the 
punch, reacting to phenomena of the times. Good ex- 
amples are the pass-fail grading option and the 4-1-4 
semester system, both of which suddenly became chic 
all across the country, and no one can quite predict 
their future. And some of the changes could be called 
trade-offs, more or less satisfactory resolutions of what 
seemed mutually exclusive options. The growth from a 
student body of 450 in 1940 to one of over 700 in 1975, 

for example, resulted not from a desire to grow but 
from the necessity of getting a bigger bang for a buck 
out of the available physical and human resources. 

This summary suggests that Sweet Briar has been 
short on trail-blazing, long on following trends. If this 
is a true picture, we're in good solid company, and 
even these two outmoded liberals admit there are vir- 
tues in conservatism in education. No one can doubt, 
even so that Sweet Briar has put its fingerprint on such 
programs as the Junior Year in France, environmental 
studies and the now-evolving consortium relationship 
with Lynchburg College and Randolph-Macon Wo- 
man's College, even though concepts behind the pro- 
grams are not innovations. 

Both of us look back at the first dozen years through 
rose-colored glasses. After all, those were our salad 
days. We were so green we didn't know that my initial 
salary, $1800, was a bit on the low side, that such a 
thing as tenure existed, that single, female faculty 
might wish for more than one room and shared bath to 
call home. Sweet Briar was so small that by the time 
students were seniors we knew most of them by name, 
whether we'd taught them or not. We met as an entire 
community several times a year. Well — salaries have 
risen, though the pace and extent of raise in our pro- 
fession are rarely proportional to promotions and in- 
flation. Living is closer to what Miss Glass used to call 
gracious (and Carl Connor, sotto voce in faculty meet- 
ing called "Gracious! Living?"). Perhaps we wouldn't 
be here to write this piece if tenure didn't exist, for 
we've both been thorns in the academic flesh on oc- 
casion. We're doing well now if we can name one-fifth 
of the graduating class. And finally, at no time, even 
at Opening Convocation or Founder's Day, does the 
whole crowd assemble in one room. 

Students have changed with the times, but scratch 
the surface and they're pretty much the same. They ar- 
rive as sweet, dear freshmen and then sometime dur- 
ing the year — early for some, late for others — they be- 
gin to flex their muscles and act like sophomores. The 
less said about blase or smarty-pants sophomores the 
better. The juniors are beginning to be civilized and 
by senior year they are, by and large, mature, amusing, 
stimulating companions, and are beginning to re- 
acquire a freshman lovableness as they face new arenas. 
It's just lucky that all of us are periodically knocked 
down to freshman level, and this goes for Beth and me 
as we hurtle into Senior Citizenry. Students of the '70's 
have certainly led less protected lives and have seen 
more of the world than their counterparts of the '40's. 
Many have moved so much that there is no town or 
even state they can point to as home. Old fashioned 
"manners" are largely unknown; if a student holds a 
door open for me or, as happens on rare occasions, lets 
me go through first, I not only thank her, but ask her 
to please thank her mother. Most of the girls know 
they will sometime work, and from our angle this is 
good since it establishes a sense of motivation and tends 
to improve their undergraduate performance. Many 
more than in the '40's go on to graduate school, medi- 
cal school and law school. 

In a sense Sweet Briar has come of age since World 
War II. We don't have to fight so hard to live down 
the country club reputation. Our alumnae have been 

successful in graduate school, thus paving the way for 
today's applicants and proving that our recommenda- 
tions are credible. One of the happiest rewards to 
teaching is having alumnae (Chips Chao, Katy Cox and 
Julie de Coligny in recent years), return to give Found- 
er's Day or Commencement addresses. We can now ac- 
cept any student who meets entrance qualifications, 
and our scholarship program insures more hetero- 
geneity in the student body. The grants we have re- 
ceived from federal and state agencies and private 
foundations are the kind awarded to sound, mature, 
forward-looking institutions. Our administrative and 
teaching staff and even our students are active partici- 
pants, often office-holders, in national and state edu- 
cational and professional organizations. Most of the 
faculty have Ph.D.'s or the equivalent — ^you'll recall 
that in the old days there were so few that we made the 
most of the ones we had and the title was over-used — 
Dr. Ames, Dr. Connor, Dr. Sparrow, Dr. Crawford, Dr. 
Worthington, Dr. Raymond. The "doctoring" grad- 
ually disappeared, first with the women and then with 
the men, though one still occasionally hears "Dr. 
Hapala," or "Dr. Miller." There's a sort of reverse 
snobbism that comes into the dropping of "doctor," 
but this is a subject for the psychologists and socio- 
logists, not for our farewell letter. Suffice it to say that 
dis-use of the title indicates a sense of security, of be- 
longing in academe, and we're content to have the de- 
gree appear after the name, not before. Since sex reared 
its head a few lines above, it might be noted that the 
ratio of genders has altered since World War II, and we 
now have more men than women on our staff. In those 
old days the only opportunities for us females were at 
women's colleges. Now, who knows, even at 65 we 
might be snapped up for one-year stands to help some 
university satisfy the HEW directives on intent of com- 
pliance in hiring representatives of minorities! 

It's conventional to tell the retiree how much she's 
done for Sweet Briar, and we're about to deprive you of 
that little pleasure. We've agreed that Sweet Briar has 
done more for us than we've done for it — perhaps we 
did no more than we were paid for doing. Life's been 
kind to us here, and we're grateful. To the extent that 
we've matured, we've matured at Sweet Briar. We've 
learned a lot about our own fields and others', the 
meaning of liberal arts, ways of oiling academic ma- 
chinery and — to our sorrow — ways of bollixing it up, 
the difference between means and ends, the nature of 
Quality and the Good Life. Each of us has served as 
chairman of the Instruction Committee, and this in it- 
self is a liberal education. Each of us has been chosen 
class sponsor, and our dear classes can expect to see 
us at every reunion till we're bedridden. Sweet Briar 
has played a major part in making our fiber, in extend- 
ing the synaptic connections in our respective cerebral 
cortices, in providing us with companions, intellectual 
stimuli and diversions, in giving us trunks full of laughs 
and occasional tears. Assuming our demise doesn't 
follow hard on retirement, we'll bear Sweet Briar's 
marks longer than she'll bear ours. This is the way it 
should be when one works for something larger than 
oneself, and we can't wish anything better for all the 
rest of you as you approach 65. 


the editor's 

Dean Mary Ely Lyman, we discover, had "a room of 
one's own," a phrase by Virginia Woolf mentioned be- 
fore in this column. 

We are not talking about Mrs. Lyman's Dean's Of- 
fice at Sweet Briar nor the Deanery on Faculty Row. 
We are talking about Mrs. Lyman's very own room 
where she typed and wrote and presumably worked on 
book reviews, articles, and books, among them The 
Fourth Gospel and the Life of Today, The Christian 
Epic, Into All the World, Knowledge of God in 
Johannine Thought. 

This "room of one's own" was Dean Lyman's back 
porch of her summer home in Massachusetts. "Every 
morning," writes Laura Hackett, Mrs. Lyman's step- 
daughter, "almost every morning she sat on the back 
porch working on various books to the scandal of some 
villagers who believed that any woman who thus idled 
away the morning hours was less than a proper wife." 

Mrs. Lyman of course shared her back porch study 
with her husband, the Reverend Dr. Eugene William 
Lyman, whom she had married in 1926. "The marriage 
was an inspiringly harmonious" one, Mrs. Hackett 
says. "During the academic year they lived at the Semi- 
nary, and many students recall their weekly at-homes 
when they took turns reading poetry aloud in front of a 
fire. Mrs. Lyman's speaking voice was so musical that 
students used to ask questions just to hear her voice in 

We recently talked with President Emeritus of Sweet 
Briar, Anne Pannell Taylor, who said, "Mrs. Lyman 
was a professor at Barnard when I was there. I admired 
her as a wonderful lecturer, a wonderful person. She 
took the world very seriously, she was a believer in 
world understanding. At Sweet Briar she upheld stan- 
dards of scholarship. She was a rational human being 
who believed people could improve. To some extent 
she believed in the perfectibility of human beings." 
Mrs. Taylor's husband. Bishop Taylor, joined our 
phone talk adding that "Mrs. Lyman was a scholar 
too, not a dry scholar, but an inspiring scholar. She 
emanated tolerance, good will, kindliness, and strength. 
She was a woman who held appreciation of hope, faith, 
and charity." 

To complement the Taylors' tribute, we should like 
to publish the tribute written in February. 1975, by 
Marion B. Rollins, Wallace E. Rollins Professor of 
Religion, Emeritus: 


Before she came to Sweet Briar in 1940 at the age of 
fifty-two, Mary Ely Lyman had already had a distin- 
guished career as scholar, educator, and author. She 
was a graduate ofMt. Holyoke College, Phi Beta 
Kappa, of Union Theological Seminary in New York, 
and of the University of Chicago, where she earned the 
Ph.D. degree. 

Meanwhile, in her quiet way, Mary Ely had become a 
pioneer in the movement for women 's educational op- 
portunities. She received her Seminary degree magna 
cum laude, but it required special faculty action to al- 
low her to sit with her class for the graduation exercises 
and it was not considered seemly for her to sit with 
them at the commencement luncheon, lest returning 
alumni be displeased to find a woman in their midst! 

This particular woman, however, was awarded 
Union 's coveted Philadelphia Traveling Fellowship for 
two years of study at Cambridge University. There, 
alas, her work could not lead to a degree or even an 
official transcript of her record, since Cambridge was 
not yet supposed to give instruction in theology to a 

From 1920 to the midyear break in the spring of 
1926, Mary Reding ton Ely was Weyerhauser Professor 
of Religion at Vassar College. Then she became the 
wife of Eugene William Lyman, Professor of the 
Philosophy of Religion at Union Theological Semi- 
nary, and the devoted mother of his adopted children, 
Charles and Laura. Summers were spent in a home 
which they built in Cummington. Massachuetts, where 
most of the community knew them as cousins. 

During the next fourteen years. Mary Lyman lec- 
tured in English Bible at Union and at Barnard Col- 
lege. Eugene Lyman 's retirement in 1940 coincided 
with Sweet Briar's need of a Dean to succeed Emily H. 
Dutton. As soon as President Glass learned that the 
Lymans would be free to leave New York City, she 
asked them both to come down for a Sunday service 
and then proposed Mary s appointment as Dean. 

Thus it came about that Sweet Briar's academic, 
religious, and social life was enriched for the next eight 
years by this remarkable couple, and for two more 
years by Mary Lyman after Eugene s death. It was said 
of him: 'Everyone looked up to him, but Eugene 
Lyman never looked down upon anyone. " The whole 
community, from the lowliest employee to the Pres- 
ident, responded to the influence of both of the 
Lymans, and everyone who led chapel or gave a lee- 

Mary Ely Lyman 

ture or concert felt supported by seeing them sitting 
there together with eager appreciation .... 

President Lucas had been in her own life deeply in- 
fluenced by his great book on liberal theology, The 
Meaning and Truth of Religion, so after his death in 
1948 she launched the establishment of the Eugene 
William Lyman Lectureship in the Philosophy of 
Religion, which was later renamed "The Mary and 
Eugene Lyman Lectureship. " 

Mary Lyman 's contributions during her Deanship 
were so manifold as to defy enumeration. She won the 
devotion of her students by teaching one New Testa- 
ment course each semester as well as by her gift of 
making each student whom she counselled believe in 
herself and go out encouraged . . . . 

Her nickname "Merrily," from "Mary Ely," had 
been given by her family, but those who were accus- 
tomed to her laughter ring out along Fletcher hallway 
found it appropriate. Her whimsical understanding of 
student excuses enabled her to give an unforgettable 
performance in a Faculty Show as Snookie Ride-a- 
Train, called into the Dean 's office for excessive ab- 

The College YWCA, at that time inclusive of the 
whole student body, profited continually from her wise 
and sympathetic guidance. In 1949 she was ordained 
a minister of the Congregational Christian Church, 

as her husband had been, and she herself later or- 
dained her former Union Seminary student, Beverly 
Cosby, who is still pursuing a uniquely fruitful ministry 
in Lynchburg. Later she ordained her grandson, 
Eugene Lyman Boutilier, and the same day baptized 
her granddaughter, Mary Ely Lyman, who eventually 
became a Sweet Briar Alumna. Her own ministry con- 
tinued to be mainly in teaching and guest preaching 
in colleges, rather than in parish work. 

After her retirement from the Sweet Briar Deanship 
in 1950, Mary Lyman continued her former quiet 
pioneering for the recognition of women in theological 
study. She was the first woman to hold a professorship 
at Union Theological Seminary and at the same time its 
first Dean of Women. She was also the first woman 
member of the American Theological Society. From 
1948-1954 she served on the Commission on Coopera- 
tion between Men and Women in Church and Society 
for the World Council of Churches, acting as Chair- 
man during 1954. She was a member of the National 
Commission of the Ministry of the Congregational 
Christian Churches and Honorary Vice-President of 
the International Association of Women Ministers. 
Honorary degrees were heaped upon her — Litt. D. from 
Mt. Holyoke, Roanoke College, and Western College 
for Women; LL.D. from Hood College, and D.D. from 
Colby College. 

After her retirement from Union Seminary at the 
prescribed age of sixty -eight, she returned to Vassar 
for a year as Visiting Professor, but she never really 
retired from active teaching and community service. 
Even while living in a retirement community. Pilgrim 
Place in Claremont, California, she taught for a year 
at Scripps College and continued to preach and lead 
study groups. A speaking trip around the world in 
1955-1956, with visits to many of her former Seminary 
students in the mission field, led to the writing of her 
last book, Into All the World 

A sentence from a paper which she gave at the Na- 
tional Association of Biblical Instructors some fifty- 
five years ago expresses the quality of her spirit: "The 
long look at life is the gentle look, and the long look 
back gives patience for the long look ahead. " 

Mary Ely Lyman died on January 9, 1975, in Clare- 
mont, California, in her eighty-eighth year. And this 
year "the room of her own" will be empty. In our 
minds and hearts we believe Dean Lyman always had a 
room of her own, literally and spiritually. And this 
room will echo the quotation, The long look at life is 
the gentle look . . . .' 

—The Editor 

(Note: Gifts in Dean Lyman's memory will be credited to the Lyman 
Lectureship Fund. Please send them to Alumnae House, Sweet Briar 
College, Sweet Briar, Va. 24595.) 


Alumnae Memorial Scholarship Fund 


Realizing that many alumnae at some time wish to 
make a gift, no matter the size, in memory of or in 
honor of another alumna, relative, member of the 
faculty, or perhaps a friend not connected with the 
College, the Executive Board of the Alumnae Associa- 
tion has established an Alumnae Memorial Scholarship 
Fund. Gifts to the Fund, as they accumulate through 
the years, will be a continuing source of aid to many 
students. This Fund will be administered by the Col- 
lege's Committee on Financial Aid. 

The name of the person honored and the donor will 
be recorded and displayed in a handsome book. Both 
names will also be published in the Alumnae Magazine, 
and the family of the one honored notified. 

Gifts to the Memorial Scholarship Fund should be 
made out to Sweet Briar College. This Fund creates 
the opportunity to remember and honor friends and 
relatives and at the same time help future students of 
Sweet Briar College. 

This announcement was made in the Winter issue of 
the Alumnae Magazine 1970. It is quoted here as a 
reminder that this means of honoring alumnae, friends 
and family is continuously available. The Book of 
Memorials is on display in the reception room of the 
Alumnae House. The following list covers the vear of 


Mr. John Elliott. Jr. 

Mrs. George F. Walker 
(Jean Gillespie '54) 

Miss Miriam F. Bennett 

Mrs. R. C. Sutliff 
(Mary Moss '30) 

Mrs. Frederick T. McGuire 
(Kathryn Klumph "24) 

Mrs. William B. Crane. Jr. 
(Margaret Cramer '27) 

Mrs. Joseph A. Gilchrist. Jr. 
(Edna Lee '26) 

Mrs. Oscar W. Burnett 
(Juliet Halliburton '35) 

Mrs. Roscoe Willett, Jr. 
(Fayette McDowell '43) 

Mrs. Richard E. Allen 
(Adaline Hoffman '29) 

In memory of 

Mrs. John Elliott. Jr. 
(Edith farr '45) 

Mrs. William A. Stuart 
(Cynthia Beniss '47) 

Eleanor Baird Campbell 
(mother of Lin Campbell '66) 

Mrs. J. Lyons Davidson 
(Jette Baker '30) 

Mrs. Kenneth A. Durham 
(Josephine Snowdon '27) 

Mrs. Kenneth A. Durham 
(Josephine Snowdon '27) 

Mrs. Kenneth A. Durham 
(Josephine Snowdon '27) 

Mrs. E. P. Miller 
(mother of Eleanor Miller 
Patterson '25) 

Mrs. C. W. Daniel 
(motherof Peter V. Daniel) 

Mrs. Richard B. Wathen 
(Viola James '39) 

Memorial Professorships 

All of us will readily acknowledge the influence which 
individual professors have had on our lives, and we 
know the power of personal examples. Sweet Briar is 
built on names. We have only to think of Grammer. 
Manson, Randolph, Gray, Benedict, Dew. Reid. Glass, 
Carson, Fletcher, Daisy Williams and Guion and two 
images come into our minds for each. One is of the 
building where important parts of our College life tran- 
spired. The other is of a person who played a signifi- 
cant role in the history of the college and in whose 
honor that building is named. 

There are teachers important to many of us for whom 
no specific memorial stands. Some of those who come 
to mind are Miriam H. Weaver. M. Dee Long. Dora 
Neil! Raymond, Eva Sanford, Preston Edwards, Carl 
Bricken. If a champion of each one of these could en- 
dow a memorial professorship for $300,000 to $500,000, 


the college would be richer not only in a literal sense 
but because those names would be more easily kept 

Alumnae have participated in establishing some 
faculty chairs such as the ones for Meta Glass, Connie 
Guion, Helen K. Mull. But there are still others for 
whom professorships have been started but not com- 
pleted. For those alumnae who may have wanted to 
have a part in these memorials and need to be remind- 
ed again or those who may have given previously and 
are now in a position to do more, a list of unfinished 
endowed chairs is printed below: 

Wallace E. Rollins 
Lucy S. Crawford 
Chaplain's Salary Fund 
Jessie M. Eraser 
Joseph E. Barker 


Voice Scholarship 




Lee Estill Coghill. Qass of '48, was a major in Voice 
at Sweet Briar through her Junior Year. A member of 
the Choir and Glee Club, she was active in all phases 
of the Music Department but she withdrew to marry 
her childhood sweetheart, Kenneth Coghill, when he 
finished Law School at Washington & Lee. She con- 
tributed greatly to the musical life in Charleston, West 
Virginia, where she lived with her husband, two sons 
and a daughter until her illness and death on Decem- 
ber 21. 1971. In addition to her music, she was Exe- 
cutive Director of the Mountain Laurel Girl Scout 
Council covering twenty-six counties in West Virginia 
and Virginia. 

Lee loved this college, and her burning ambition 
was to return to get a Sweet Briar degree. She was 
making arrangements to take the necessary courses to- 
ward that end in Charleston when she became ill. Jane 
Johnson Kent, classmate, roommate and close friend, 
has volunteered to assume the leadership in establish- 
ing a memorial to Lee. In searching for an appropriate 
vehicle, Jane sought the counsel of Mr. Gilpin and Miss 
Umbreit in the Music Department. They felt that there 
was a need for a scholarship for talented students who 
might not otherwise study voice. The prospect of this 
is pleasing to all who knew Lee and to those who realize 
that the added cost of private study is a deterrent to 
many a talented yet untrained voice. This could be of 
great value to the creative arts program of the college 
as well as a fitting tribute to a valiant and devoted 
alumna. Contributions may be sent to the Lee Estill 
Coghill Voice Scholarship, Box G, Sweet Briar, Virginia 

The office of Estate Planning has helpful booklets 
which can be provided to you free of charge if you will 
but send a postal with your name, address and the titles 
which interest you most. Your selection can be one or 
more of the following: 

1. Gifts of Appreciated Property 

2. Minimizing The Estate Tax 

3. Trust for Family and Education 

4. Bequests to Education 

5. Planning for Executives and Professional People 

6. Planning Your Life Insurance 

7. Trusts in Financial Planning 

8. Women's Financial Planner 

9. Personal Information Record 

10. Disclosure Statement: Sweet Briar Pooled Income 

Julia S. de Coligny 
Director of Estate Planning 






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This past year I took a senior seminar on the inter- 
relations of the arts, specifically the creative arts of 
music, dance, drama, studio art and creative writing. 
The class consisted of about fifteen students from these 
fields. But at the end of the semester, when asked just 
how these arts are interrelated I answered, "They're 
not! That's the problem." I spoke out of frustration, 
for after twelve weeks of polite discussion and hostile 
argument it seemed to me that this was true. 

Instead of seeing all the artistic disciplines as inter- 
dependent, each student saw only the importance of her 
own field. A few examples will prove my point. The 
dancers were skeptical of music's integral contribution 
to a dance. They felt that music often was a detriment 
to the movement's expression, rather than an enhance- 
ment of it. One student asserted that the lines of a 
dance and the linesof a painting were unrelated. If a 
painting is too "illustrative" of a given text it is inferior 
as a work of art; it should stand on its own without any 
need of literary explanation. So we began by asserting 
the isolation of our respective arts. 

All this had a good side, because each student was 
forced to define for herself — as well as for others — 
what her art was. I found myself examining my own 
concepts more closely in order to explain them; but 
when a painter asked me what color a poem was, I had 
no answer. 1 was tempted to say it was irrelevant, yet 
that in itself calls for another question: why is it ir- 
relevant? I could not answer that either. 

Our confusions often led to outright war. There were 
two main camps: thedown-to-earth-let's-get-down-to- 
basics group, concerned with concrete correlations be- 
tween the arts, and the cosmic-up-in-the-clouds group, 
concerned with abstract universalities. We could find 
no common meeting ground. One girl's definition of 
art was brushed off as "pedestrian" or "obscure" by 
another, while others declined to give any opinion at 

There were breakthroughs. These came, curiously 
enough, not from our tense class sessions, but from 

small conversations outside class. Sculpture did have its 
gift for dance, found not by philosophical juggling but 
by two people, an artist and a dancer, working together. 
We were all encouraged to try disciplines other than 
our own and to work with someone from another field 
on a project. The results were extraordinary. Artists 
surprised us with poems and stories of rich imagery, 
and writers in turn found their vocabulary changed by 
exposure to music and art. Dancers learned new defini- 
tions of space and line. 

We did not draw any universal dogma from our ex- 
periences, and for some it was more valuable than 
others. But how does this apply to Sweet Briar as a 
whole? Perhaps we were too ambitious, but I think the 
answer is in something else. Our main conclusion at 
the end of the seminar seemed to be that most of our 
disagreements came out of one thing: fear. We were 
afraid of what we might or might not discover. Creative 
people are supposedly more sensitive, but we were too 
sensitive about ourselves, not sensitive enough about 
the musician practicing next-door. This fear, this ap- 
prehension, exists not only within the arts, but within 
the entire academic community. My experience with the 
interrelations of the arts could well relate to the in- 
terrelations of the liberal arts. The liberality of a liberal 
arts education implies something more, an openness of 
mind. It is all too easy for an English major, once her 
requirements are complete, to continue taking only 
English courses, or to dabble in other fields with no at- 
tempt at synthesis. 

This is all very laudable, to champion the expansive 
mind. I have spoken specifically about problems in the 
creative arts because that is what I know best, but the 
problems exist in all the liberal arts. I wish I could 
offer a magic solution. In the seminar we emerged with 
no formula for reconciling our differences; but perhaps 
each individual came away with an appreciation of 
what the differences and similarities were. That is 
something. At least we were talking to each other 
again; more importantly, we were listening. 


Volume 45, Number 4, Summer 1975 
Editor: Catherine Fitzgerald Booker '47 
Managing Editor: Ann Morrison Reams '42 
Class Notes Editor: Carolyn Bates 



this day 

Saturday 11a.m. April 26th 

Sponsored by the Sweet Briar Student Support Committee 

"Do I have ten-ten-ten-yes-do I have fifteen-fifteen-yes I have fifteen" 
was the call on the auction block on April 26, 1975 at the Sweet Briar 
gymnasium. An excited crowd of students, faculty, alumnae, friends 
and members of the Board bid on over 150 items throughout the 
day in a first-time project by the Student Support Committee. The 
committee, formed to raise money for the long-awaited swimming 
pool, was able to gross over $12,000 from The Auction and its re- 
lated "flea market." concession stands, and raffles. Every dollar 
raised will be matched by two additional dollars from the recent 
challenge by Mr. and Mrs. Charles Prothro. 

Students organized, solicited, picked-up, acknowledged and tagged 
for the better part of the second semester in preparation for this 
event, which occured concurrently with the Spring weekend on 
campus. Items up for bid ranged from a Florida vacation to an Olds- 
mobile "98," from a washing machine to a letter from U.S. Grant to 
President Lincoln. Silver, fur coats, furniture. 10-speed bikes, a 
trampoline, a surfboard, china and paintings were other very popular 
items. Alumnae and friends from Richmond. Roanoke, Washington 
and North Carolina as well as a large local crowd kept the bidding, 
conducted by a professional auctioneer, fast and exciting. 

2 Some of My Best Friends are Libraries 
By Elizabeth /o/!«s?o« Lipscomb '59 

6 What's Happened Since 1950? 

8 Alumna Daughter Scholarship 

By Nannette Mc^urney Crowdus '57 

9 Letters to the Editor 
1 1 Briar Patches 

16 Profiles 

24 Alumnae Notices 

25 We've Come a Long Way 

By Karen Hartnett '70 

28 A Man of Integrity: R. John Matthew 

29 A Distinguished Historian: Gerhard Masur 

29 A Long-time Friend : Dabney Lancaster 

30 The Editor's Room 

' ^ -"-TyMW 

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my best friends 


hen the late Dr. Gerhard Masur, Chairman of the 
Sweet Briar Friends of the Library, asked me to write 
about some of my experiences in different Hbraries. I 
agreed to try, not realizing that what 1 was really prom- 
ising to do was to reminisce about my whole life. As I 
began to think about the subject, I recognized that li- 
* braries have been among my best friends ever since that 
proud day when I received my first library card at the 
antebellum mansion that housed the Tuscaloosa Public 
Library and such treasures as the endless adventures of 
three young girls named Beth, Tacy and Tib. 

Like other friends, libraries come in all shapes and 
sizes and offer many different kinds of satisfaction. 
We go to them for inspiration, information and recrea- 
tion, for answers and questions^ — for all the infinite 
varieties of experience that books can provide. 

As a graduate student in English literature I relished 
the opportunity to move freely through the stacks of 
the great Widcner Library at Harvard L'niversity. Later 
I came to appreciate in a very different way the rather 
dilapidated rooms below the Barter Theater rehearsal 
hall in AbingcKni, Virginia, a place that my two older 
sons, frequently accompanied by their dog, visited al- 

most daily from the time they were old enough to turn 
the pages of Babar and Richard Scarry favorites. 

As student, teacher, reviewer. Masterplots-writer 
and insatiable bookworm, I have depended most often 
on the consistently reliable, helpful, and comfortable 
college libraries in each community I have lived in. We 
take far too much for granted the cross-referenced card 
catalogues, the easily-available reference books, and the 
carefully-selected collections that enable undergrad- 
uates to write term papers on almost any topic they can 
conceive of. There are practical assets too. During the 
year after my graduation from Sw eet Briar, when I sat 
studying in the small library at the Shakespeare In- 
stitute at Stratford -on- Avon — in my coat, gloves, and 
fur-lined boots — , what I missed most was the heat! 

For graciousness and elegance, there is no other insti- 
tution quite like the rare book library. At the Folger 
Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., the reading 
room seems an enlarged version of a panelled study in 
an English country house, and the scholars working 
there set their books aside for mid -afternoon tea. There 
is something in the atmosphere that lifts research above 
the level of drudgery and promotes a sense of fellow- 


W^J,'-['j'}iA''i ■:■ :*. ■ 

re libraries 




ship among those sharing the quest for new knowledge. 

Some friends are less easy to know than others, 
expecially when there is a language barrier. This I 
learned with a vengeance when I arrived in Paris in the 
fall of 1962 to do research for my dissertation on the 
court entertainments in England and France in the 
late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. I began 
my studies at the Bibliotheque de L'Arsenal, an im- 
pressive building constructed shortly before 1600 by 
King Henri IV as the residence of the Grand Master 
of the Artillery. It most famous occupant was Henri's 
minister, the Due de Sully, who gave his name to the 
street the building faces and to the adjacent bridge 
across the Seine to the He Saint-Louis. In the eigh- 
teenth century the Arsenal was the home of Antoine 
Rene de Paulmy, a dedicated bibliophile whose library 
forms the nucleus of the extensive collection of books 
and manuscripts related to sixteenth and seventeenth 
century French history and literature. 

I found the Arsenal an ideal place to initiate "mes 
recherches." A card of introduction from the American 
Association of University Women, which granted me a 
Fellowship for the year, was considered sufficient proof 

that I would not abscond with priceless volumes, and 
I was able to start work at once. The staff members 
were invariably patient with my halting French, and, 
since there were seldom more than twenty people in 
the reading room at one time, it rarely took attendants 
more than a few minutes to appear with the books I 
had requested, an important time-saver as those who J 
have waited for an hour in the large national libraries^ 
can attest. 

As November approached and Paris became grayer 
and rainier by the day, I came to appreciate one aspect 
of American libraries that I had never even considered 
before — light. Each morning when I sat down with a 
volume of seventeenth -century memoirs or an early 
number of the Mercure Francais, I turned on the 
twenty-five watt light on the table in front of me. In- 
evitably, if I got up to check the catalogue, a frugal 
librarian came over to turn off the light. Eventually I 
realized that unless I wanted to feel perpetually guilty 
I would have to adjust to reading in half-darkness ex- 
cept on those days that were so overcast that even my 
librarian friend felt a few watts could be expended and 
turned on the lamps herself. 

The Folgcr Shakespeare Library in Wash- 
ington, D.C., is a part of the Librar.y of 

^fter several weeks at the Arsenal I began to feel at 
home enough in Paris and in my subject to move on to 
the Biblotheque Nationale. My first discovery there 
was that a reader's card could be issued only on the 
recommendation of the American Embassy. Once over 
that hurdle, which involved a complicated bus ride 
and an obviously routine request to a secretary in the 
Cultural Attache's office. 1 began to explore the myster- 
ies of the cataloguing system. First there was the 

printed catalogue; in 1962 it ran from A, published in 
1897, to W. For material acquired after the publication 
of the relevant printed volume it was necessary to con- 
sult loose-leaf notebooks that were evidently completed 
in the late 1940's. More recent works were listed in 
reassuringly familiar card catalogues. My difficulties, 
however, did not end when I had puzzled out this sys- 
tem. Everything seemed to be listed by the name of the 
author, and much of what I wanted to see was pub- 

"I found the Bibliolheque de L'Arsenal an 
ideal place to initiate 'mes recherehes.' " 

The British Museum in London: "If I 
could choose, that is the library I would 
most like to know better." 

lished anonymously. I was baffled by the apparent 
absence of many works until I finally realized that they 
were catalogued, logically enough, under "anyone." 

It was my time at the Bibliotheque Nationale that 
convinced me of the element of chance involved in most 
scholarly research; sometimes libraries are able to give 
or withhold their secrets at will. One day I requested 
one of those anonymous works, a little pamphlet con- 
taining verses from one of the entertainments at the 
court of Louis XIII, and was sent to the Salle de Re- 
serves, where librarians keep a close eye on especially 
rare materials. Eventually the uniformed attendant ar- 
rived, not with one pamphlet but with a large bound 
collection of similar texts. All at once I found myself 
with almost more material than I knew what to do 

It would be presumptuous, really, to claim friend- 
ship with the Bibliotheque Nationale. It is so vast that 
in two months one could not cultivate more than a 
distant, respectful acquaintance. 


he British Museum in London, my next destination, 
was different. Although its holdings are equally im- 
pressive, they were much more accessible. I felt im- 
mediately at home in the great domed round reading 
room with its rows of green -topped tables that radiate 
like spokes from the circulation desk in the center. 
The lights were on; the catalogue was refreshingly com- 
plete and comprehensible; and the language familiar. 
If I could choose, that is the library I would most like 
to know better. These days, however, you are far more 
likely to find me slinking guiltily into the fiction stacks 
in the Lynchburg Public Library, pretending I have 
no connection with the two-year-old who is coming 
down the stairs from the Children's Room, clutching 
his books and bellowing, "Mommy, where are you?" 

Editor's note: During her Sweet Briar years Elizabeth 
was named to Freshman Honors List, the Dean's List, 
Junior Honors. She was editor of the Sweet Briar A'ewi, 
and in her junior year was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. 
The Manson Scholar her senior year, she was grad- 
uated summa cum laude. In 1959 she was awarded a 
Fulbright scholarship to the Shakespeare Institute of 
the University of Birmingham in Stratford-on-Avon. 
Following two years of graduate study at Harvard Uni- 
versity, under auspices of a Woodrow Wilson Fellow- 
ship, Elizabeth received an AAUW Fellowship for re- 
search on her dissertation, in England and France. In 
1963-64 she was instructor in English, Mary Baldwin 
College and later a part-time instructor at Winston- 
Salem State College. Currently she is an assistant pro- 
fessor of English at Randolph-Macon Woman's 

In 1964 she received her Ph.D. from Harvard Uni- 
versity. In that same year she was married to the Rever- 
end C. Lloyd Lipscomb, who is Vicar of St. Barnabas 
and Trinity Episcopal Churches in Lynchburg. Eliza- 
beth is the granddaughter of the late Dabney S. Lan- 
caster and the niece of three Sweet Briar alumnae: Car- 
rington Lancaster Pasco '40; Elizabeth Lancaster 
Washburn '41, and M.\ct Lancaster Buck '44. 

In the Lynchburg Public Library, Eliza- 
beth Lipscomb with a book-lover, her 
young son Bill. 


5_ happened since 1950? 

The 25th reunion of the Class ol 1950, May 1975 

(Editors Note: The following is the text of Dean Barbara Blair's re- 
marks before an audience made up largelv of Alumnae, in Maj of 
this year. Dean Blair was just completing her first academic Tear as 
Dean of the College.) 


am pleased to welcome all of you back to the Sweet 
Briar campus. For five years I lived in an apartment 
in the Alumnae House — so I know how much you en- 
joy these reunions. I hope that this one will not be an 
exception. A rainy spring has made the campus green 
and beautiful to welcome you. 

As we approach the beginning of the last quarter of 
the twentieth century. I would like to compare the 
Sweet Briar of 1975 with the Sweet Briar of the half- 
century year 1950. The total enrollment of the College 
at half century was 454 and this year was 715. The 
number of foreign students on campus increased from 
nine to 24. The geographic distribution of students, 
which makes Sweet Briar College a more interesting 
place, has remained roughly the same — about one- 
third of students from the South, about one-third from 
the Northeast, and one-third from everywhere else. 

In 1950 there were six students studying abroad in 
two places — the Sweet Briar Junior Year in France 
and the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. In 1975 
there were 33 studying away from Sweet Briar in ten 
different places — Paris, St. Andrews. Amsterdam, 
Rome, Florence, Exeter, Southampton, American Uni- 
versity and Washington and Lee University. 

The Class of 1950 had 79 graduates; the Class of 
1975, 153. The grade inflation which is a national phe- 
nomenon is reflected in the number of honor degrees 

awarded. There were no summas in the Class of 1950 
but six in the Class of 1975. The percentage of magnas 
rose from 2.5% to 8.5% but the percentage of cum 
laudes remained the same, 13%. 

The economic inflation is also revealed by comparing 
fees — $1,450 in 1950 and $4,250 in 1975' The make- 
up of the Faculty has changed drastically. In 1950 76% 
were women and 24%, men. In 1975 only 40% were 
women and 60% were men. The percentage of doctor- 
ates among the Faculty rose from 53% to 66%. 

The curriculum has undergone some important 
changes. There are now fewer distribution require- 
ments. In 1950, 35% of the credits required for grad- 
uation outside of the major were specified by group re- 
quirements. In 1975 only 17% of the credits are speci- 

The charter of the Theta of Virginia Chapter of Phi 
Beta Kappa was granted in September, 1949 and six 
members of the Class of '50 were chosen in the first 
Sweet Briar election. Twenty-one members of the Class 
of '75 were elected to Phi Beta Kappa. 

A few new majors have been added during the 25 
years. It is now possible to major in Anthropology, 
Classics and Creative Writing. The Art Department has 
been separated into the History of Art and Studio Art. 
The possibilities for interdepartmental majors have 
been extended and interdisciplinary majors tailor-made 
by students in consultation with their advisers are now 

In 1950, Elementary Russian was offered but is no 
longer given. Some of the courses offered that year 
seem quite up to date. One course was entitled "The 
Near East in the Modern World" and our own Mrs. 
Wailes offered two courses entitled "Population Prob- 

lems" and "The City." 

A traditional two-semester calendar was followed in 
1950. Sweet Briar now has a 4-1-4 calendar, i.e., stu- 
dents take four courses in each of the 12-week fall and 
spring terms and one course during the one-month 
winter term in January. The winter term is probably 
one of the most controversial issues on campus. The 
one-month term has staunch advocates and many ad- 
vantages. Outstanding scholars and creative artists 
can be invited to participate in courses; study in 
Europe, internships in government offices, mental hos- 
pitals or social agencies, workshops in drama, dance 
and opera, and some independent study projects are 
possible because of the Winter Term. There are also 
some disadvantages. The courses and projects are un- 
even in quality; some students do not adjust well to 
the change of pace and waste a lot of time. The Faculty 
is keenly aware of the disadvantages and is striving 
to improve the quality of the January term. 

Sweet Briar has had a long tradition of student parti- 
cipation in curriculum development and in committees 
of the College. For many years there has been a Stu- 
dent Curriculum Committee which suggests changes 
and improvements in the academic life. Even before the 
student activism of the late 1960's Sweet Briar students 
were actively participating in the running of the Col- 
lege. In 1950 there were five joint Faculty-Student Com- 
mittees — among them one on Economies and one on 
Relief. In 1975 there were at least 13 joint Faculty-Stu- 
dent Committees. Notable among these is the Instruc- 
tion Committee, which has three student members. 

A second controversial issue on campus is the 
struggle to maintain a viable liberal arts education 
when students and parents are demanding more pre- 
professional courses and more career preparation. 
Sweet Briar has had an Education Department for 
many years. It has expanded its offerings and activities 
and last year the State of Virginia approved our teacher 
training program. Our graduates can now be certified 
to teach in the elementary and secondary schools of 
Virginia and about 35 other states. The internships of- 
fered during the Winter Term are career-oriented and 
further extension of internships is being studied. A 
course in Accounting has been approved for next year. 
It is our goal that Sweet Briar students should con- 
tinue to receive an excellent liberal arts education with 
study in many fields — language, science, social stu- 
dies, the arts. However, we shall also need to provide 
courses and opportunities related to career preparation 
and choice. The wide variety of careers pursued by 
Sweet Briar graduates is evidence that one of the attri- 
butes of a liberal arts education is career preparation 
in a general and flexible sense. 

Sweet Briar College has this year participated in a 
new project. WLVA, Channel 13 in Lynchburg, has 
contributed free television time to the area colleges. 
The time is part of a program, AM Virginia, which 

follows ABC's AM America. Since January, Sweet Briar 
has presented a half-hour show every Wednesday morn- 
ing at nine o'clock. The project will continue on a 
stand-by basis during the summer, and it is hoped that 
it will continue next year. Faculty, staff and students 
have produced programs which give the Central Vir- 
ginia audience an overview of what is going on at Sweet 
Briar. Visitors brought to the campus by the Sue Reid 
Slaughter Fund have been featured. The writer Sylvia 
Wilkinson and Irwin Tobin, our diplomat-in-residence 
spring term, were interviewed. Drama, studio art, 
riding, dance, the nursery school and kindergarten, 
the singers, environmental studies, ornithology, and 
study abroad have been subjects of programs. Reports 
have been received from viewers in Charlottesville, 
Richmond, and Radford. If you live within the viewing 
area, you can learn much about Sweet Briar by tuning 

I appreciate this opportunity to express my gratitude 
to the alumnae of this college. Having been a faculty 
member of twelve years and Dean of the College for 
one year, I have seen many examples of alumnae loyalty 
and enthusiasm. The Faculty are grateful for the fin- 
ancial contributions you make each year. I am con- 
vinced that the alumnae have been a major factor in 
Sweet Briar's successful weathering of the recent crises 
in private higher education. At a time when even 
heavily endowed private colleges have been running in 
the red several successive years, when single — sex in- 
stitutions have fallen into general disfavor, when a 
liberal arts education has been questioned as to relev- 
ance, and when enrollments in private, women's liberal 
arts colleges have been declining. Sweet Briar College 
has maintained its enrollment and increased and im- 
proved its facilities. The alumnae have been very active 
in helping the College to maintain its program. Your 
contributions to scholarships and to faculty salaries, 
your participation in the bulb sales, your willingness to 
serve as alumnae representatives to help recruit able 
students have made the difference in our success in 
weathering the crises. Your loyalty and appreciation 
for the College have resulted in your sending us your 
sisters, daughters, grand-daughters and cousins. By 
just being your friendly, active, committed liberated 
selves you attract many students to Sweet Briar. It is 
not unusual to read in an admissions folder that a 
young student has admired or has been impressed by 
every Sweet Briar graduate she has met. You have been 
instrumental in sending us students who appreciate 
and profit from a Sweet Briar education and who main- 
tain the geographic heterogeneity of our student body, 
which I believe is one of our assets. I sincerely hope 
that the Sweet Briar College of the present can continue 
to work closely with the graduates of the past. Crises 
continue and new ones will no doubt appear. But to- 
gether we should be able to build on the past for a sue- » 
cessful future. ^' 

A First for Sweet Briar: 




by N ANNETTE /Wcfi6'/?A/£y'CR0WDUS '57, 

Scholarship Chairman, Executive 
Board of the Alumnae Association. 

^_^uringthe fall meeting of the Sweet Briar Alumnae 
Association in October 1974, the Executive Board, act- 
ing upon a recommendation from its Finance Com- 
mittee, voted unanimously to establish the Alumna 
Daughter Scholarship, an endowed fund created by us- 
ing monies earned by Alumnae House bulb sales. It 
was agreed also that the first Alumna Daughter Scholar 
would be named in 1976 as part of Sweet Briar's 75th 
Anniversary celebrations. 

The actual wording and governing procedures of the 
Scholarship were referred to an ad hoc committee ap- 
pointed by Alumnae Association President, Preston 
Hodges Hill '49, and chaired by the Executive Board's 
Scholarship Chairman. After much research and dis- 
cussion, the committee reported back to the Executive 
Board during its March 1975 meeting. 

The final version adopted at that meeting reflects 
the thoughtful considerations of all members of the 
Executive Board and contains several interesting points. 
First and foremost is the recognition of an alumna 
daughter who is a scholar and a contributing member 
of the Sweet Briar community. By recognizing her, we 
honor all alumnae who have served and are serving 
their college and their own communities. 

Secondly, it should be noted that the Alumna 
Daughter Scholar is named by a committee comprised 
principally of alumnae acting on information supplied 
not only by the College faculty and staff, but also by 
the eligible students' classmates as well. No other stu- 
dent honor or scholarship selection committee receives 
this type of assessment of possible recipients. 

X^ inally, all alumnae should be pleased that active 
use is being made of bulb funds. Our highly success- 
ful bulb project has provided financial aid through 
alumnae club endowed and annual scholarships for 
scores of Sweet Briar students who have become dedi- 
cated alumnae and the mothers of the young women 
who will be honored by this new scholarship. 

Naturally, any alumnae club or individual who wishes 
to add to the Alumna Daughter Scholarship Fund may 
do so; it is our hope that one day the corpus of the 
Fund will yield significant sums to provide financial 


assistance to the daughters of present and future 

The official standards or procedures of the Scholar- 
ship, as prepared by the Executive Board of the Alum- 
na Association, reads in part, "If the student named 
Alumna Daughter Scholar is in need of financial aid, 
she will receive aid from proceeds of this endowed 
scholarship fund. If she does not need aid, the proceeds 
will be awarded to another alumna daughter or 
daughters of any class. The Alumna Daughter Scholar 
shall retain the honor of being so named even though 
others might receive the aid from the fund. 

"In January the Alumnae Office will prepare a list 
of rising juniors and seniors who are alumnae daugh- 
ters .... A letter will be sent to each alumna daughter 
advising her of her eligibility for the honor. All alumnae 
daughters will be notified of the deadline for filing for 
financial aid. 

"A list of eligible names only will be distributed to 
the presidents of the rising junior and senior classes 
and to their class sponsors for recommendations based 
on participation and contribution to college life. In the 
event that either class president is eligible for the 
award, the class vice-president or other class member 
designated by the class president shall act. 

"The Selection Committee will consist of the follow- 

Scholarship Chairman of the Alumnae Association, 
Chairman; President of the Alumnae Association; Na- 
tional Bulb Chairman of the Alumnae Association; 
First vice-president. Director of Clubs, of the Associa- 
tion; Dean of the College; Dean of Students; and 
faculty members appointed by the President of the 

". . . . The award will be announced at Founders' 
Day Convocation. 

"A review of the Scholarship will be made at the 
fall meeting, 1979, of the Executive Board of the Alum- 
nae Association by the alumnae members of the Selec- 
tion Committee and any other person appointed by 
the President of the Alumnae Association. Any changes 
of policy or procedure must be approved by the Execu- 
tive Board of the Alumnae Association." & 

About the Magazine . . 

To the Editor: 

1 have always had a vague sense of un- 
easiness when reading the Alumnae Maga- 
zine, Peter Daniel's Treasurer's Report, 
Spring. 1975. enabled me to see why. On 
those two pages the magazine took on some 
of the quality of a corporate annual report. 
This is appropriate because Sweet Briar 
asks its alumnae to "invest" their money. 
their time, their estates, and their daughters, 
nieces, and granddaughters. The magazine 
therefore should reciprocate by communicat- 
ing to the shareholders more news of Sweet 
Briar's operation. 

Campus life, student and faculty activities, 
curriculum progress — these are but a few 
aspects of Sweet Briar which should be 
reported regularly and in depth. This maga- 
zine should be a means not only of com- 
municating among the alumnae, but also 
of conveying a total picture of the exciting 
life on the campus today. 

— Diane DeLong Fitzpatrick '69 
Atlanta, Georgia 

"Good Job" 

To the Editor: 

1 love the Letters to the Editor. There is a 
nice echo, in the spring issue, with the per- 
haps unconscious example of the humor in 
Mrs. Lyman. "To some extent she believed 
in the perfectibility of human beings." 

I can hear Mrs. Pannell's voice saying 
that, but whether she meant to be funny, I 
can't guess. 

Congratulations on getting Miss Belcher 
to write about herself and Miss Muncy. 
There is nothing soppy sweet about either 
of them (though I can attest to the amount 
of heart they gave me), and they got just the 
right salty sendoff. I howled over Miss B. 
and the student holding the door. 

Thanks for an issue I enjoyed so much, 
though I always like them. Good job. 

— Seymour Laug hot! Rennolds '51 
Richmond. Virginia 

See Anybody? 

To the Editor: 

In the winter issue, page 40. there is a 
picture with the caption. "What in the world 
was going on in 1933?" I can tell you what 
was going on as I was one of this group. We 
were Red-winged blackbirds! Along with 
other girls dressed as various birds, we took 
part in a performance for the May Court 
called "The Birds' Masque" written by an 
Englishman. It was held in the Dell where 
the chapel now stands and we thought it 
quite lovely and colorful. 

— Marjorie Wing Todd '36 
Eustis. Florida 

To the Editor: 

In the winter Alumnae Magazine you 
ran a picture of a scene from "Pride and 
Prejudice." The missing name is Janet 
Trosch . the year was 1937. 

—Patty Balz Vincent '39 
Durham. North Carolina 

To the Editor: 

Unless I am mistaken, the missing name 
in the picture of "Pride and Prejudice" on 
page 39 of the magazine is mine — I was in 
that play, playing the role of Miss Bingley 
(?). I weighed a bit more in those days than 
I do now. 1 believe the year was 1937. Didn't 
we call Anne Redfern "LoUie"? I believe it 
was her senior year and she was president of 
P & P. Loved the magazine. Most interest- 


— Adelaide Boze Glascock '40 
Short Hills, New Jersey 

Thoughts from SB House 

Editor's Note: We are pleased to print 
excerpts from letters from our alumnae «ho 
wrote in response to Edith Whiteman's 
essay, "Thoughts from Sweet Briar House," 
published in the winter Alumnae Magazine. 
Letters have come from England, from 
Ohio, West Virginia. New York and Mary- 
land. Because the letters were addressed to 
Mrs. Whiteman and not to the editor, we are 
omitting names and class-years. Both Mrs. 
Whiteman and the editor believe that opin- 
ions of alumnae are of special interest to 
all our readers. 

"I want to congratulate you for your fine 
article which appeared in the recent Sweet 
Briar College Alumnae Magazine. I found 
your reflections to be sensitive, tinged by a 
perceptive eye upon life as it really is. Par- 
ticularly. I sensed the undercurrent of love 
and devotion which you feel towards your 
husband and family. All who know you 
should be proud of your ability to express, 
with eloquent simplicity, your grasp upon 
reality ..." 

Another letter: "How I did enjoy your article 
in the Alumnae Magazine because it em- 
phasized something I have missed in our 
Sweet Briar magazine through the years. 
You shared with us your philosophy of life 
as a wife and mother. And I was grateful. 
because no matter what kind of education 
we receive we are more often in those roles. 
I have been living in England for four years 
. . . English women are not so educated 
in formal institutions as we are. not so or- 
ganized in women's clubs and outside things: 
and yet I find there is a strong emphasis 
in certain circles on just what you think is 
so important — fixed values starting with 
one's family life. 

"Thank you for all you said. Your wan- 
derings sound like mine; your thoughts, my 
thoughts. I have been married ten years 
and lived in three countries and had 12 
homes. But why not — if it fits my husband's 
needs? Our present home is so far out in 
the country that after inspecting it for the 

first time. 1 got up to go. My husband said. 
'Sit down. 1 like this place.' And so. each 
experience brings a crossing of my will, 
broader horizons, new people of every walk 
of life to care for. It certainly stopped me 
dead in my tracks thinking America knows 
best and that we have the superior way of 
life. Frankly it is good to get out of the 
country and take a look at ourselves, our 
philosophy of optimism, which emphasizes 
material values in precedence to inner ones. 
I am sure that Watergate and Vietnam are 
making us look further into where we have 
been wrong. I have a Parisian friend who 
wrote an article on women in which she 
said marriage was not give and take at all. 
it was all give and giving one's best every 
moment ... I cannot help but think O'Neill 
throws up a smoke screen to keep us from 
looking into the right mirror ..." 

Another writer: "After reading your article 
in the Alumnae Magazine I felt as though 
1 had enjoyed some kind of conversation 
with you. in the sense that I could get some 
idea of where you are with yourself and with 
life ... I still feel that Sweet Briar is my 
only true alma mater, and interestingly 
enough, one of my strongest regrets is that 
I did not stay to finish there. However, while 
1 was there it gave me a great deal of what 
you were also talking about in your article." 

Another alumna writes: "When I came 
home one day from a day of errands. I 
glanced though my winter issue of the Sweet 
Briar Alumnae Magazine which had come 
in the morning's mail. "Thoughts from 
Sweet Briar House" was such a delight 
and struck so many chords harmonious 
with my own thinking these past ten to 
fifteen years, that I just had to write and 
say so! You have expressed with charm, 
warmth and simplicity what must be 
thoughts and feelings experienced by a 
multitude of women — homemakers and 
mothers — of our generation. I wish you were 
here, right now. to share a cup of tea and 
long conversation. 

"You write of the profound changes in 
mores over the past generation and the 
ever-present need of our maturing children 
for our constant love and the support of 
our firm values. These things we have been 
able to give, abundantly, to our two daugh- 
ters. At the same time. I wonder if you have 
often felt, as I have, a disturbing sense of 
conflict between 'standing firm and resolute' 
by my own entrenched values and yet being 
flexible in my attitudes and adaptable to 
new ways of looking at old old values. The 
line between has often been difficult for me 
to draw. It is, I think, a problem unique to 
our generation. I have felt, and do feel often, 
young and vital. But again I can feel old 
with absolute ideas and values. I am cer- 
tainly conservative in many areas; yet I can 

feel a strong current of being liberal in 
much of my thinking ... I am a traditiona- 
list and filled with reverence and admiration 
for the generations which have gone before, 
without whose courage, perseverence and 
love of God, our present society would surely 
not exist. Also, I feel 'modern.' I sometimes 
feel as an adolescent so often feels. Who am 
I? And I rather resent, somehow, having 
this inner conflict of identity at fifty! . . . 

"I felt from what you wrote that you 
have traveled in many ways the same road 
as I, and have arrived at a safe destination 
in your mind and heart. Perhaps if we can 
remember to live by the words of St. Paul, 
which you quote, we will have guidelines 
which surely will not fail us. I loved what 
you wrote about being alone — creative soli- 
tude, so reminiscent of Anne Lindbergh's 
Gift from the Sea . . . Your new "community" 
of Sweet Briar is bringing you challenges, 
much joy and new dimensions of experience 
. . . Nothing could seem more certain to me 
than that your warm and understanding 
heart will enrich and inspire many young 
lives at Sweet Briar ..." 

From an alumna of the class of 1920: "I 
appreciate the Sweet Briar magazine and 
other publications. To Mrs. Whiteman I 
wish to express my thanks to her for her 
"Thoughts from Sweet Briar House." I 
have showed it to retired personnel from 
academic and other professions . . . The 
wish of the Williams (Indiana Fletcher Wil- 
liams) for the accomplishment of their hope 
for the future that intelligent women could 
make possible, has long ago been realized. 
May this continue under the superior guid- 
ance that has been manifest at Sweet Briar 
for so many years. 

The Met's in Trouble 

To the Editor: 

I hope I'm getting under the wire in re- 
sponse to your letter about music and the 
Metropolitan Opera. Of course here in 
Chicago «e have an active Ivric opera, and 
I am a Guarantor as well as a member of 
the Women's Board and Opera Guild. I've 
been a member of the National Council of 
the Met. Mr. Alexander Saunderson, Presi- 
dent of the National Council, asks me and 
Council members to interest friends who 
might enjoy being a member of the National 
Council in their area. A membership costs 
$250 per year. This fund contributes to 
helping ambitious, talented youth to make 
the Met, or an opportunity to sing in leading 
opera companies here and abroad. Or, the 
scholarships help the students to continue 
their study abroad or with leading voice and 
opera coaches in our own country . . . 

To obtain an opera career is terrifically 
expensive, and many talented singers could 
be lost because of lack of money. When 
one has heard the hours of study these stu- 
dents go through, one realizes how truly 
dedicated they have to be to reach The Top. 

The National Council of the Met stems 
from the Metropolitan Opera and without 
this great citadel or fortress of music, opera 
throughout the United States would be 

Many expensive sets of the Met are loaned 

to opera companies in cities fortunate 
enough to have opera but are unable finan- 
cially to have their own sets . . . Another 
great asset of the Met is that it is "the great" 
in our country as is La Scala in Italy. 

The path leading to success of the Met is 
costly beyond most people's knowledge. 
In Rudolf Bing. the Met had a leader . . . 
who achieved what he set out to do. His 
sights were very high, and we have a great 
opera because of him. 

In the past, one Angel could carry the 
deficit of a season. As we all know, the 
sale of tickets including a full house, cannot 
begin to absorb the expense of a production. 
Therefore, all operas run in the red and can 
only rely on friends and music lovers. We 
must remember that every production of an 
opera increases the red on a balance sheet. 

Although my personal or special interest 
is the Lvric Opera of Chicago, I know that 
grand opera in our country would be dimish- 
ed without the Metropolitan of New York . .. 

Our other home, at Wabash College in 
Crawfordsville, Indiana, is where President 
Seymour lives, and the many tulips there 
are our Sweet Briar bulbs. I usually send 
them almost a thousand each year as they 
bloom at Commencement time at Wabash. 
My husband was on the Board of Trustees 
of Wabash for many years, and I am an 
Honorary Member. As we sell bulbs for 
Sweet Briar, for the sake of student scholar- 
ships, let us "sell" the Metropolitan Opera 
for the sake of grand music, for the sake of 
music scholarships and study in our own 

— Florence Woelfel Elston '21 

Chicago. III. 

(Ed. Note — For more on the Met, see page 30) 

Recent Deaths 

Mrs. J. B. O'Hara (Virginia Lanzenby AC). April 

15, 1975, 
Mrs. John W, Spain (Margaret Kaufman AC), 

February 14. 1975, 
Mrs, Benjamin F, Tilley (Harriet Buchanan AC) 
Mrs. A, Kent Bails (Elizabeth Franke '13). April 

Mrs, Ruth H, Murrell (Ruth Hancock '13). April 

28. 1974. 
Mrs, John Nicholas (Mary Gwinn '22). August 

13, 1973. 
Miss Mildred Featherston '23. April 1974, 
Miss Julie Marie Steinman '23, May 7, 1975. 
Mrs. John W. Williams. Jr. (Emily Jeffrey '24). 

April 1975, 
Mrs. William S, Woodson. Jr. (Polly Cary Dew 

'26). May 13, 1975, 

Mrs, Zed G, Hawkins (Daisye Poindexter '30). 

July 1972. 
Mrs, Frederick K, McCarthy (Virginia Dail '30). 
Mrs. Allen Bond Adams, Jr, (Katherine Taylor 

'31). April 1975, 
Mrs, Dewitt Clinton. Jr, (Caroline Moore '31). 

January 1974, 
Mrs. Fred R. Hunter, Jr. (Julie Kane '35), August 

26, 1973. 
Mrs, Lawrence F. Everly (Anne Spence '38), May 

5, 1975, 
Mrs, Betty Joe Williams (Betty Joe McNarney 

•41). March 7. 1975, 
Mrs, Jack M, Graves (Rosemary Champlin '49). 
Mrs, Edward J. Qarke (Margaret Osborn '55), 

February 26. 1975, 
Miss Judith Weiss '69. May 4, 1974. 



Marie Archibald Norris writes from Car- 
roUton, Mo., of her fond memories of Sweet 
Briar, including a spring vacation trip with 
her roommate Elizabeth Hudson and their 
mothers to New York and Washington, 
where they had the privilege of shaking 
hands with President Woodrow Wilson. She 
went to Stephens College the next year and 
was president of the senior class there. She 
has one daughter, who is married and lives 
near her. 

Cordelia Collins Goodman sends the 
first news she has written us since she was 
at Sweet Briar. Since her marriage in 1921, 
she and her husband have lived in Duluth. 
Minn., though after his stroke 10 years ago 
they spend si.\ months of the year in their 
condominium in Tucson. Ariz. They have 
four children and 17 grandchildren, seven of 
whom are in college (four at the U. of Minn.; 
one at the U. of Nevada; one at Colo. State, 
Fort Collins; and one at Gustavus Adolphus, 
St. Peter. Minn.). 

Mary-Martha Armstrong McClary grad- 
uated from Smith after her two years at 
Sweet Briar. In 1927 she married Andrew 
McCiary and went to live in his great-grand- 
father's house in Windsor, Vt. Now the 
youngest of their three daughters lives in the 
old house; Mary-Martha built a modern 
house next door when her husband died in 
1968. She sees Miss Cara Gascoigne (SBC 
Physical Education Dept., 1912-21) every 
time she goes to England. 

Virginia Shoop Phillips recalls coming to 
Sweet Briar the second year of its existence 
and playing the piano for many occasions, 
including May Days. Now she lives in Al- 
bany. Ga.. and has two children, eight grand- 
children, and five great-grandchildren. She 
expected to return to Sweet Briar for great- 
niece Betsy Brooks' graduation this May. 

Fanita Ferris Welsh, now in Evanston. 111., 
attended Sweet Briar 60 years ago but has 
been interested in the college's development 
through the years. She has been a widow for 
five years, but still enjoys traveling. 

Marguerite Drew Bardin. a widow for 
seven years, has seven children (only one near 
by), 18 grandchildren, and nine great-grand- 
children. She is in poor health and in bed 
most of the time, with a companion to care 
for her; however, she lives in a lovely place. 
Cathedral Towers in Jacksonville. Fla., a 
high-rise sponsored by St. John's Episcopal 

Helen Whiiehill Kenyon writes from Pel- 
ham. N.Y.. to express interest in having news 
of the Academy alumnae, since she spent the 
first two years of high school at the Aca- 

Edwina Hensel Smith and her husband, a 
retired pediatrician, still live in Baltimore 
but spend the summers in Chester, Nova 

Scotia, and the winters in Naples. Fla. 

Helen Strobhar Williams writes enthusi- 
astically from Savannah about her first ex- 
perience with the Sweet Briar "wonder bulb" 
— amaryllis. 



Sue Hardie Bell (Mrs. William T.), 57 Union 

St., Montclair. N. J. 07042. 

Thank those of you who have answered my 
letter for news. Eva Horner Butterworth still 
lives in her big home in Rye, N. Y., but 
writes, "I am trying to sell this big house 
and move into a smaller one. I am not at all 
well. I fell down two years ago and broke my 
pelvis and have developed arthritis and suffer 
a lot with my back. Also last year I had 
phlebitis, and that has not completely cleared 
up; so I am a semi-invalid." 

Sarah Cooper lives in Hopkinsville. Ky. 
"I still go to Virginia Beach every fall for 
about two months. I take a cousin with me 
as 1 don't like to travel alone since I was 
taken ill about three years ago in Florida. 1 
have a friend who comes and stays in the 
house with me at night, but I still do the 

Our class president, Bernice Richardson 
Campbell, and her daughter Louise live in 
Watertown. Mass. "Life goes on about the 
same; I am well and keep busy. I had my 
usual check-up only this morning and got a 
good report. My Louise is well also and busy 
at work and active in our church, as we both 
are. Both the grandchildren are fine and very 
busy. Sally is in her second year at Duke 
Divinity School and has one more year to go 
before ordination. She has had her heart set 
on the ministry for some time and apparently 
is successful. She has preached two summers. 
Tom is all music — goes to Glassboro State 
College. He is quite a guy and has done some 
composing. My son and his wife are fine." 

Eugenia Buffington Walcott from Tryon 
writes. "Bless you for your efforts in old 
1913's behalf. I am humbly grateful that I 
can continue circulating under my own 
steam. You can guess, however, my speed 
limit has been cut to accommodate my years. 
To be still alive in these troubled, mystifying 
times is an exciting challenge." 

Frances Summers Bardwell lives with her 
daughter in Clarksville. Tenn. She has 
phoned me twice and said she couldn't do 
much writing but thought of me and our 
good times at SBC. She said she keeps busy 
and belongs to two bridge clubs. 

After leaving Sweet Briar, Lucile Marshall 
Boethelt studied horticulture and bee-keep- 
ing for a year at Ohio State, graduated from 
Case-Reserve U.. and then in 1915 took a 

masters degree at Cornell with a thesis on 
Women 's Work in Horticulture. Next she ac- 
cepted the position of farm manager at the 
New Jersey State Reformatory for Women, 
where she supervised the women for manual 
labor and care of animals; it was unlike the 
present-day institution with its tight security. 
Now she lives in Winter Park. Fla., and was 
looking forward to having her two daughters 
come to help her celebrate her 85th birth- 
day. One has a master's in education from 
Wheelock College and is prepared to tutor 
children with learning problems; her daugh- 
ter is in a hotel management program at 
Endicott Junior College. Beverly. Mass. 
Lucile's other daughter, who attended Rad- 
cliff. has an interesting family; she works 
part time for West Hartford News and part 
time at Quaker Nursery School. 

Dorothy Swan Lent attended Sweet Briar 
just one year. She was married in 1917, and 
while her husband was in the Air Service, 
she worked in an oil cloth factory making 
observation balloons. They had two children. 
Their son Ernest Swan, who had one child, 
died five years ago; daughter Mary-Elizabeth 
is married to Dr. John Ayer of Syracuse, and 
they have four children. The Lents travel 
extensively (Bermuda was the latest destina- 
tion), but Doss has also worked hard for 
the Red Cross, the TB Asso., and the Pas- 
saic Boys Qub. 

In August 1971. Corinne Dickinson went 
to live in Goodwin House at Alexandria. 
Va.. the same retirement home that Bishop 
George Taylor and his wife, the former Anne 
Gary Pannell. have recently entered. She 
writes that she is the last of her genera- 
tion, but she has two nieces on whom she 
dotes — one in Astoria. Ore., and the other in 
Richmond. Va. Last year she went on the 
Sweet Briar trip to Copenhagen. 

I lead a very busy life doing church, club, 
and hospital work. My son Coleman is still 
not married and lives with me. He has been 
with the First National City Bank in N. Y. C. 
for 27 years. My elder son. a retired colonel 
in the Army, lives with his wife in Alexan- 
dria. Va.. a close neighbor of President and 
Mrs. Ford, whom they like very much. They 
have a son and a daughter, neither married. 
My daughter Hardie and her husband 
Charles Davis live in Rancho Bernado, near 
San Diego. They have two sons and four 
grandsons. In June I am taking the Davises, 
Bell Jrs. and Coleman on a trip to Spain to 
celebrate my 83rd birthday. I hope it will be 
as much fun as the one on my 80th when 
we went to Portugal, Madeira, and the 
Canary Islands. 


Secretary and Fund Agent 

Rachel Lloyd Holton (Mrs. Hovt S.). 3437 
Kingsgate Blvd.. Toledo. Ohio 43606. 

Ruth Mc/lravy Logan writes that she is 
now living in a high-rise apartment with a 
spectacular view of the bridges and hills of 
San Francisco and the site of Berkeley. 
There is a park at her door-step with a lake, 
gardens, and a wild bird refuge. She hopes 
some of her friends will stop by. 



Marion Shaffer Wadhams (Mrs. Charles 
H.). 121 Colonial Parkway. Pittsf'ord. N. Y. 

Fund Agent 

Elizabeth Shoop Dixon (Mrs. Brownrigg), 
1029 Maryland, Ave., Suffolk, Va. 23434. 

Maynette Rozzel Stephenson has a new- 
address, 1712 West Glendale. Phoenix. 
Ariz. 85021. For several years Maynette has 
been battling a chronic arthritis condition — 
Flagstaff proved too cold. Her daughter 
lives there but goes to see her every three 
weeks. She is better and has moved from 
the nursing home to a lodge where she does 
her own housekeeping. After seeing her 
picture on the Varsity Hockey team in the 
last issue of the bulletin we know she still 
has the old fight in her. She would love to 
hear from the gals in '21. 

Ethel Wilson Hornsey's husband had 
been ill for 17 years and died in November 
'74 — our sympathy. Her eight grandchildren 
have her visit often and give her the needed 
lift we all appreciate. 

Gertie Anderson answered with a letter — 
bless her. She sees Edith Durrell Marshall 
quite often as she travels to Detroit to 
visit her daughter. Gertie asked for news 
of Gertrude Thams, whom 1 tried to contact 
in Denver last March. She had died the 
week before. For many years Gertrude and 
her brother had bought and restored large 
old houses in Denver and then sold them. 

Florence Dowden Woods has had an in- 
teresting life: with a PhD from Yale, she 
taught in a medical school. She and her 
husband have had many health problems. 
Her only contact with S.B. is thru Gertie. 

Edith Durrell Marshall sold the family 
home and moved into an apartment but 
continues to spend her summers in Michi- 
gan. A granddaughter graduates from S.B. 
this year. Last year she spent her January 
term in Congressman Ford's office — this year 
she was back working in President Ford's 
office for her mid-semester. A younger sister 
is a freshman at S.B. this year. 

Shelly Rouse Aagason is happy living in 
Richmond. She sees Tay Taylor Corley oc- 
casionally but Tay has some physical 
ailment — as do we all. 

Gert Pauly Crawford lost her husband in 
December '74. We all extend our sympathy. 
Gert will be spending her time in Arizona 
thawing out from our rugged winter in the 
north. It was great to see them both at our 

Mad Shindler Olney and Elliott are bask- 
ing in the sun at Costa del Sol in Spain 
and enjoying the fishing there. 

Ellen Wolfe Halsey's card was a joy to 
receive. She often sees our Jane's father-in- 
law who has now moved to Nantucket. 

Ophelia Short Seward's card was beauti- 
fully written. She has graduated two 
daughters from S.B. For many years Ophelia 
has suffered from multiple sclerosis, but 
her spirit has made everyone around her 
happy. We hope her S.B. daughter can 
bring her to S.B. in '76. 

Lette Shoop Dixon is on campus more 
than anyone else in our class. She keeps 
us up to date on campus activities and does 
a terrific job as our fund agent. Her grand- 
daughter Betsy Brooks — Phi Beta Kappa 


in her junior year and in "Who's Who 
Among Students at American Universities 
and Colleges" — will be married after grad- 
uation from Sweet Briar this year. 

Florence hes Hathaway and her husband 
winter in Florida where their family came 
for sunning. At their camp in Maine their 
three children have places on the property 
where they all gather for the summer. Both 
boys are in the teaching field. 

Nell McCaa Cole and husband have left 
their home base at Virginia Beach and 
moved to Shreveport to live with their son 
who lost his wife. Nell's husband has not 
been well for five years but is doing better 
now. I hope she and Bootsey Scovell Vaughn 
can get together and come to reunion. Nell 
reports that Lib Claxton Lewis, who has 
been lost on our listing, is now living in 
Florida. She also sees Lib Baldwin White- 
head, who lives in Virginia Beach, and Ruth 
Armistead Robinson. 

Miriam Thompson Winne is living in a 
home for Senior Citizens which is very at- 
tractive here in Rochester. She is fine and 
1 see her often on our jaunts to Brockport. 
Her son teaches at Rensselaer and spent 
the Christmas holidays here visiting sister 
Alice, who lives in Brockport. for a happy 

Mil Ellis Scales is having a battle with 
arthritis which makes writing diftlcult. We 
indulge in long telephone chats and I see 
her when 1 go to Florida. 

Lette McLemore Matthews' life is full 
to the brim with fun, frolic and good deeds. 
She writes about the new Busch Gardens in 
Williamsburg to be formally opened in 
May. I see her at least once a year — Norfolk 
is a great bridge playing city and they love 
to take my Yankee money. 

Laura Thompson MacMillan's husband 
was with U. of N.C. at Chapel Hill and 
received an outstanding award from the 
college in '73 which she is very proud of. 
I'm sorry it didn't get reported. He died in 
January '75 — ^we send our sympathy. 1 was 
sorry also not to see Laura when I was in 
Chapel Hill in October. I called on Joe 
Ahara McMillan there. She is just fine — 
living in a lovely old house with beautiful 
gardens. Joe has lost her husband, and her 
only child — a daughter — lives in New York 
area and is anxious for Joe to get into an 

Our family is spread from Verona. Italy. 
where Pat and Tom have retired, to CHW. 
Jr., living in California, but thankfully Jane 
and her familv are verv close. 


Katherine Shenehon Child and her hus- 
band, who is still a practicing attorney, 
have a daughter, married to an Air Force 
Major, based at Great Falls. Mon., and a 
married son, who lives in a suburb of their 
home city of Minneapolis. Their five grand- 
children, three girls and two boys, range in 
age from college student. Katherine Child, 
18, to a two-year old. Katherine sees May 
Earl Slocum and Muriel Fossum Pesek 
'25, who live there in Minneapolis, and 
hears from Virginia Ranson and Grizzelle 
Thomson at Christmas time. The Childs 
have not been able to go south, because 
Katherine has not been well, but they do go 
to their Lake Superior home every sum- 

Minnie Long Wilson, Washington, D. C. 
is active with geneological work in con- 
nection with her late husband's book. She 
also tries to keep up with eight children and 
18 grandchildren (four adopted); of her 
own grandchildren, three are in Istanbul at 
the University of Turkey and one is in 
Teheran. Iran. At Christmas time she is 
busy with Holland bulbs from SBC. 

Maylen Newby Pierce has retired as presi- 
dent of Laramore Rader Poetry Group. 
Her own book of poems has just gone to 
press. She has 1 1 grandchildren. Two of 
son Bill's five daughters have married within 
the year. Walter, Jr., wife, and two sons 
have bought a new home in Bedfordshire, 
England. Staples has a new home in Miami; 
one son teaches in Clinton, S. C. and an- 
other is at U. N. C. 

After leaving Sweet Briar, Helen M. 
Hodgskin studied art in Berlin, Rome, Paris, 
and Munich. In 1933 she married Dr. 
Max Fingerhuth and has lived in Zurich, 
Switzerland, since then, though she has 
visited the U. S. three times in the post- 
war years. She has three sons and eight 
grandchildren — all living in Zurich. She 
still hears from Katherine Shenehon Child, 
and two of Helen Case Carroll's sons have 
visited her. She would welcome visitors. 

Julia Benner Moss of Media. Pa., is re- 
tired but she does hospital and Red Cross 
work, gardens, plays bridge, and travels — 
to visit her daughter in Carmel. Calif.; to 
the Orient last fall; and. most recently, to 

Lucile Montgomery,' Cart writes from 
Spartanburg, S. C, that she is a widow 
with three sons, one daughter, and 13 grand- 

The secretary to Emil Moon Spilman's 
husband wrote that the Spilmans were on a 
world cruise on the Swedish ship Kungsholm 
(Jan, 19-May 1). 

Jeannette Kidd Sheridan wrote from St. 
Croix, the Virgin Islands, where she moved 
ten years ago. Now widowed, she no longer 
serves as a hostess at Whim Greathouse 
Museum but finds plenty of volunteer work 
to do and much social activity to engage in. 
Her five granchildren love to come to visit. 

Elizabeth Pickett Mills has long been 
active in garden club work, having served 
as president of the garden Club of N. C. 
and received its highest honor, the Maslin 
Award, in 1972. Recently she gave a report 
on high school gardening to the South At- 
lantic Regional Meeting in Williamsburg. 
Her husband retired four years ago and 
now has time to garden with her. In the 
summer they often travel, having visited 
Scotland last August. Their granddaughter. 
Elizabeth Coleman, is a freshman at Sweet 

Aline Morton Burt and her husband have 
given up world-wide travel in favor of in- 
volvement in community affairs in Rancho 
Bernarda. a new town in a north San 
Diego mountain valley, where they built a 
house they had designed. Her husband, 
head of several service organizations, has 
received distinguished honors. Aline has 
completed three years as DAR regent, but 
her genealogy hobby, church activities, 
and office of vice president of Colonial 
Dames of the 17th Century keep her busy. 
The Burts have three children and 13 grand- 
children — one married. 

Bernice Green Carper, now a widow, lives 

in her home town of Winfield, Iowa, and no 
longer does much traveling. She is interested 
in church, Woman's Club, and P.E.O. 

Lillie Maddox Whitner keeps busy and 
healthy in Charlotte, N. C. She enjoys her 
six grandchildren, ages 4, 6. and 8 — and 
21, 23 and 25!. 

Three members of the class wrote of ob- 
serving their Golden Wedding anniversaries. 
Alice Miller Bly and husband Neil celebrated 
their 50th anniversary' on May 10, 1972, 
and a year lated moved to Westminster 
Village, a Presbyterian retirement center 
in Muncie, Ind. They love it there. Since 
both drive, they can go wherever they like, 
and they have made many interesting new 
friends, including many who play bridge — 
their favorite pastime. 

Ruth Hagler McDonald and her husband 
celebrated their 50th anniversary with their 
five children and eighteen grandchildren 
all present. The McDonalds live in Wash- 
ington Courthouse, Ohio. 

On Dec. 20, 1974, Martha Falk Shaffer 
and husband Carl celebrated their 50th 
anniversary at home in Akron, Ohio. Their 
two sons and their wives gave a cocktail- 
dinner at the Portage Country Club. Son 
Robert's two children, Michelle and Alan, 
stood in the receiving line; son David's two, 
Kristan. 4, and Karla, 2 months, came only 
for the family picture. The Shaffers live 
in Sun City, Ariz., six months of the year. 



Elizabeth Moore Schilling (Mrs. Arthur 

Y.), 1011 Childs Ave., Drexel Hill, Pa. 


Fund Agent 

Elizabeth Foote Gearheart (Mrs. Foote), 

399 Stratford Court #203, Del Mar, Calif. 


Many thanks always for your letters. Marion 
Jane Berguido was in Panama last summer 
to attend a niece's wedding, in California 
for Christmas with daughter Joy, and Wil- 
liamsburg for Easter with daughter June 
and children. She had to cancel her trip 
to Rome with Libby Jones Shands, but 
Madeleine Brown Wood '27 went and had 
a marvelous time. 

Betty Austin Kinloch and husband went 
to S. A. with the S. B. group; and Jane 
Hardy Bellows and Helen Davis McIIrath 
took the S. B. European tour. Jane spent 
Christmas in Florida, where she saw Squeak 
Harned Ross (who is staying until June) 
and Betty Prescott Balch. Betty was on 
campus in the fall for the Boxwood Circle 
meeting. Rip Van Winkle Morlidge was 
there. She says the place is beautiful, but 
not the same as when '28ers are aboard. 
She learned that Ann Beth Price Clark 
and E! Branch Cornell still keep in touch, 
although I got no news from them. 

Lou Bristol Lindemann spent Christmas 
in Portland, Ore., with a daughter. Last 
fall she was visited by Kay Emery Eaton. 
She told me that Lib Crane Hall had lost 
her husband quite suddenly. I'm sure that 
you all join me in sending sympathy to Lib. 

Ann Lane Newell Whatley and husband 
and Ellen Newell Bryan '26 and her husband 
celebrated Christmas by taking a two-week 

Caribbean cruise. Grace Sollitt spent a 
couple of months in Scottsdale, Ariz., visit- 
ing her sister. 

Lillian Wood, having studied to be a 
portrait painter in the years after Sweet 
Briar, returned to Richmond a few years 
ago and began painting again. She is work- 
ing now to have a show. Her portraits and 
landscapes are in England, South Africa 
and the East Coast here. 

Tommy Claybrook Bowie is still her old 
athletic self, playing golf and tennis all 
over the place. Kay Meyer Mauchel loves 
life in Sarasota with its golf, bridge and 
gardening. Bonnie Mathews Wisdom writes 
that all three children are following in their 
father's footsteps in the legal profession — 
John, professor and curator at U. N. C; 
Penny, law student at the U. of San Diego; 
Kit. with Sen. Javits in N. Y. C. Muggsie 
Nelms Lock is recovering from a visit by 
daughter Susan and four girls. Marion 
Sumner Beadle cannot find a S.B.C. girl 
in New Mexico but says that there are plenty 
of wide open spaces. 

We spent Christmas with our oldest son 
in Virginia Beach, where he and family 
moved in the fall from Charleston. They 
presented us with a new grandson in Feb- 

Betty Foote Gearheart is thriving and well 
and hopes that you are all contributing to 
the Fund when requested. 



Elizabeth Job Jopp (Mrs. A. H.), 109 

Cherry Lane, Pikeville, Ky. 41501. 

Fund Agent 

Eleanor Franke Crawford (Mrs. Charles 

A.), 73 Neron Place, New Orleans, La.70118. 

Cheers! for Eleanor Franke Crawford 
our class Fund Agent for the grand con- 
tacting she is doing. 

It was South America and Africa in '73 for 
Sarah Harrison Merrill. Her husband Dr. 
Art has a new hip. "He's the same old hus- 
band and can already do the twist with it. 
He's dropped so many years I'm about to 
have a face lift to drop back with him. Hazel 
Stamps Collins and Charles had a beautiful 
40th anniversary party. Mildred Hodges 
Ferry visited me this summer. I do vol work 
at Atlanta Art Museum, so I'm still talking 
as much as in 1932." 

Hazel Stamps Collins adds that both her 
daughters, husbands and their children 
came to help celebrate their happy anniver- 
sary. Later she and Charles went to their 
winter home in Naples, Fla. 

Mildred Hodges Ferry spent the month of 
February at a friend's house in La Jolle, 
Cal., while the friend used Mil's apartment 
in Honolulu. 

Jane Hays Dowler writes from California 
that three out of four of her grandchicks 
are future Sweetbriarites. 

On a jaunt East from California Mariam 
Malm Fowler lunched with Mrs. Whiteman 
and Julia Sadler deColigny at Sweet Briar 
House. She said it never looked lovelier. 

Alice Dabney Parker's daughter, Fleming 
Parker Rutledge '59 is studying for the 
Episcopal ministry. Alice and Betsy Parker 
McColl '63, took the '74 S. B. trip to Copen- 
hagen. They and Peggy Hall had glorious 


Marcia Patterson entertained her cousin 
and family from Hong Kong. 

Letha Morris Wood '32 writes of SBC '58 
daughter Letha Wood Adhuy's family in 
Toulouse, France; in April a new son joined 
a 21-month old daughter. 

Virginia Finch Waller's retired husband 
"is a super house boy, yard man and chauf- 
feur." They stay busy in Memphis keeping 
up with five grandchildren, ages 3 to 16. 

As the news commentators say — from the 
nation's Capital. Helen Pratt Secrest and her 
husband had a good year traveling in Spain, 
Morocco, Portugal and Madeira. He pub- 
lished his first book. Electronic Industries 
Association: the First 50 Years. 

Another Atlanta gal, Anialie Frank Kohn, 
says she hopes to get to S. B. this year en- 
route to her younger daughter. Judy, who 
lives in Harrisonburg, Va. Judy's husband is 
an English prof at Madison College. 

It's retired and back to work for Susanne 
Gay Linville and husband, who have gone 
into the real estate business. One of their 
large homes is now being used by the Jr. 
League of Westchester County, N. Y., for 
its Decorator's Show House. 

Susan Marshall Timberlake has eight 
"grandies". The three mothers are all Sweet- 
briarites: Susan's two daughters and their 
son's wife (Mary Bell) from Lexington, Ky. 

Sounds like a Western dream come true 
for Eleanor Nolte Armstrong and husband. 
They live on the Guadalupe River in Texas, 
raise a few cattle, give time to the Pan 
American Round Table Movement and enjoy 
their son, his beautiful wife and two grand- 

Mary (Flappy) Pancake Mandeville 
traveled to Hawaii, Japan and Hong Kong. 
She is a step-granny and says it is a happy 
but sobering experience. 

Kate Scott Soles lives in Greece near her 
son Jeffrey. Jeff and his Massachusetts 
bride are archaeologists. He was a Full- 
bright scholar and is connected with the 
American Classical School in Athens. 

Our Class Prexy, Charlotte Magoffin, is 
in Minneapolis recuperating from a broken 
leg. She is thankful for libraries as she is 
one of their best customers just now. 

Next time you go to S. B. look up Eugenia 
Ware Myers who still lives in Amherst. 
Edith Railey Dabney moved to a new ad- 
dress in Lexington, Ky. I get occasional 
glimpses of her at the Keenland races. 
Eleanor Goodwin Evans has joined the S. B. 
winter colony at Naples, Fla., as has Ginny 
Squibb Flynn, whose husband recently re- 
tired from Lever Bros. They love golfing. 
Almost every year they "reune" with Sue 
Burnett Davis and Tread at Myrtle Beach. 

Adelaide Smith Nelson has recuperated 
and is enjoying traveling from Phoenix to 
Scottsdale for occasional social outings. 
She and Dr. Bill Nelson are getting ready 
for the wedding of their daughter Adelaide. 
Their other daughter Jennifer and her fam- 
ily came home from Florida for Christmas. 

Nancy Wilson Mann and Jim enjoy the 
birds and animals that flock to their home 
on Crystal Lake near Virginia Beach. Their 
daughter Pat lives in California and has one 
boy. Their son John lives in Maryland and 
has two children. 

Jessie Fisher Gordon writes from Texas 
that her two children have added four grand- 
sons to the family tree. She and Ben were in 
the Brifish Isles last year. 


We send wishes for comfort and strength 
to Martha O'Brien Cowgill following the 
recent death of her husband. 

Dorothy Smith Wilson and Ed spent 
Christmas in California with their daughter. 
Judy B. Harrison '60, and five grandchildren. 
Ed is planning to retire from teaching in 
June to have more time for travel, research 
and writing. 

That life is good, is a fantastic under- 
statement says Emma Knowlton Lyttle. She 
is painting and traveling with the Mississippi 
Art Colony, showing her sculptures and 

Virginia Bellamy Ruffin and Peter vaca- 
tion annually at the Homestead in Hot 
Springs. Va. Flappy Mandeville generally 
spends a day with them. Virginia has nine 

Ruth Kerr Fortune really enjoys western 
living in Las Cruces. N. M., but takes time 
out to serve on a volunteer basis at state 
and national levels in Planned Parenthood 
and Girl Scouting. 

Eleanor Wrighi Conway writes from St. 
Petersburg that her husband Ted is still 
teaching political science at the U. of South 
Florida and U. of Tampa. A Thanksgiving 
reunion at Beech Mountain. N. C. brought 
together their family: Laura (SBC '61) and 
Jack Nason and two boys. Ruth and Walt 
Willms and two girls, and son John Conway. 

Gus has retired and we really enjoy it. 
He is now a ham operator — his call letters 
are WA4BXB. So for another year in their 
lingo I say " '73." 


Fund Agent 

Maggie MacRae Jackson (Mrs. Charles R.), 
1846" Pacific Beach San Diego, Calif. 92109. 

Barbara L. Jarvis was married in June, 
1972, to Robert McKee Thomas, a VPI 
graduate and former research chemist with 
Ex.xon, now retired. They have been living 
in Baton Rouge but are planning to build a 
house at Waikoloa on the Kona Coast of the 
Big Island of Hawaii and hope to move with- 
in a year. 

Mary Gruber Stoddart and her husband 
crossed the Atlantic with the Sweet Briar 
Junior Year in France group on the S. S. 
France's last trip. They had si.\ glorious 
weeks in Europe before returning to Phila- 
delphia and a multitude of Bicentennial 
plans and events. 

Peggy Cruikshank Dyer writes from 
Marion. Mass.. about her family. Her oldest. 
Mary Truxtem Calli has two children. An- 
drew. 12. and 1 ouise. 11. Daughter Nancy 
Dyer Milton has a five-month old daughter. 
Another daughter. Julie Dyer Tru.xtem. was 
married Mar. I to Richard Neal. Tim Dyer, 
her bachelor son. is a '71 graduate of W. and 
L. and now a banker. Her youngest, Cynthia 
Cruikshank. 18, is at Boston U. Peggy has 
visited Sweet Briar twice in recent years, once 
on the occasion of the marriage of Elizabeth 
Moridii Forsyth '36 to Colin Montgomery in 
Lynchburg and again when Holmes had his 
40th reunion at W. & L. 

Anna Mary Charles Straub. Bausman, 
Pa., points out that this is the year of grad- 
uation for her sons: her older son. Jake, 
graduates from New Jersey College of Medi- 
cine and is going into radiology; Christopher 


graduates from Catawba College, N. C, and 
has been accepted at the U. of Pittsburgh 
Law School. Daughter Pamela and her hus- 
band live in Vermont and have a son, Jake. 
Anna Mary has been working part time as a 
secretary; her husband Jack is in Govern- 
ment Contract work. 

Kitty O Brien Joyner retired after 32 years 
at NASA and promptly got involved in DAR. 
UDC, historical societies. Bicentennial plans, 
the Board of the Hampton Girl's Club, etc. 
Since her daughter Kate attends Sweet Briar, 
she keeps in touch with the college. 

Nancy Nalle Lea is selling real estate with 
a big firm. John T. Henderson, in Princeton. 
She was happy to go "home" to Charlotte 
twice last year. 

Margaret Sandidge Mason writes that she 
and her husband are enjoying retirement in 
Delaware, though they miss the Virginia 
mountains. They stay busy with church and 
clubs and enjoy a lot of traveling. Children 
and grandchildren visit often, as do friends 
from the Washington area. 

Rebecca Douglass Mapp had a good sum- 
mer fishing in Chesapeake Bay and an in- 
teresting trip to Tunisia. Jugoslavia, and 
Malta in the fall. In February she had a 
two-week cruise to Panama and Yucatan. 
When she's at home, she rides horseback 
once a week and gardens in good weather. 
Her five grandchildren visit her often in 

Agnes Crawford Bates works part time as 
librarian for Gloucester, Va., is active in 
church and garden club, and enjoys bridge 
and needlepoint. Her son Bill, Jr.. works for 
Phillip Morris in Richmond. Margaret, her 
daughter, is married and lives in Charlotte. 
Agnes sees other S.B. alumnae in the area 

Isabel Olmstead Haynes has retired from 
teaching, and her husband from advertising. 
One son is married and works in San Fran- 
cisco; the other works in Colorado. Besides 
much travel (England. Italy. France and. 
of course. California), the Hayneses enjoy 
golf, paddle tennis, and community activities. 

Dottie Proui Gorsuch. whose husband 
died two years ago, is going back into the 
business world. While she will keep her 
home near Atlantic Highlands, N. J., and 
three acres, she has just completed the sale 
of the rest of her land. Her son Stephen was 
married Dec. 1 of last year and lives in New 
York, where he does television specials for 
a private company. Her daughter lives near- 
by and is a licensed practical nurse at one 
of the local hospitals. 

Barbara Muiin Green writes that their 
fourth daughter was married in February 
and that they have eight grandchildren. 
Three of their daughters — Mary. Janie. 
and Annie — went to Sweet Briar. Barbara 
finds Steamboat Springs, Colo., a beautiful 
place to live, with great skiing and sliding 
in winter and riding and picnics in summer. 

Ellen Lee Park's son and his family are 
moving from Reston, Va., where she enjoyed 
seeing them frequently, to Orlando, Fla., 
which she will now have an excuse to visit. 
In January. Helen Williamson Dumont and 
Wayne had lunch with Ellen and Jackie 
Cochran Nicholson, who both live in Alex- 
andria. Ellen attended the Bar Association 
Convention in Rio de Janeiro in March. 

Molly Gruber Stoddart is not ready to 
trade her comfortable home outside Phila- 
delphia for retirement in Mexico, despite 
finding the Yucatan ruins fascinating and 

the National Museum of Anthropology in 
Mexico City fabulous during a recent visit 
to Mexico. 

Anne Lauman Bussey and Don have a new 
townhouse condominium in Stuart, Fla.. 
where they expect to live each year from 
November through April. Carlisle. Pa., is 
home the rest of the year. The Busseys served 
as hosts for the Sweet Briar trip to Copen- 
hagen last year. T'hey had earlier gone to 
Spain with the Sweet Briar group. 

Marion Leggett Gates and her husband 
have sold their house in Scarsdale, N. J., to 
make Delray Beach. Fla., their permanent 
home. Volunteer work at Bethesda Hospital 
and Child Care Center leaves Marion ample 
time for the golf course and "that gorgeous 
Atlantic Ocean." 

Margaret Cornwell Schmidt retired in 
June. 1974. after more than thirty years of 
teaching. She is enjoying a new apartment 
and the joy of having time to do many things 
she was always too busy for. Her daughter 
Ruth (S.B. '66) and her family (Margaret, 
4, and Jonathan, 1) are moving from Roches- 
ter, N. Y.. to Wilton. Conn. 

Lilliam Lambert Pennington's son Neilard 
was married on June 22, 1974. in Shelbyville, 
Tenn.. to Anne Tucker. They are making 
their home in Nashville, where Neilard is 
associate editor of Furniture Production 
Magazine and Anne is a casework super- 
visor at Central States Hospital. Lillian 
wrote from Thomasville. N. C, that Marie 
Walker Gregory, her S.B. roommate, came 
from Richmond to help with the wedding 
and the celebration. 

Elinor (Wes) Ward Francis is vice pres- 
ident of the National Recreation and Park 
Asso. Carrying out the duties of this office, 
she traveled last summer and fall to Denver, 
where she met several Briarites: Dina Newby 
Adams, who with her husband helped set 
the stage for a very successful (8,(XX) people) 
National Congress for Recreation and Parks; 
Connie Burwell White '34, with whom Wes 
served on a panel at the Congress; Cecily 
Jansen Kendrick '38; and Polly Brown 
Sweeney '39. Wes also serves on the Board 
of Directors of the ETV station in Phila- 
delphia. The Francises divide their time be- 
tween Haverford. Pa., and Gulf Stream. 
Fla. — when they are not traveling abroad. 


[Editor's note: Through a printer's error, the 
Class Notes for 1947 were printed under the 
heading "1941" in the spring issue. Apolo- 
gies to the members of both classes!] 


Decca Gilmer Frackelton (Mrs. Robert L.) 

1714 Greenway Dr., Fredericksburg, Va, 


Fund Agent 

Katherine Estes. 2230 California St.. N. W., 

Washington. D. C, 20008. 

From Kent. Conn.. Adela Diaz Eads noted 
that her husband had celebrated 25 years in 
his own business. They have two sons — one 
married with two boys and the younger a 
sophomore in college. She is chairman of 
Kent Board of Education and Regional #1 
Board of Education, was appointed to Conn. 
State Board of Ed. by the Governor last 

spring and is on the Board of Trustees of 
the Conn. Student Loan Foundation. 

Joan Devore Roth had just returned from 
Ethiopia and a Safari in Africa. "A long way 
from anywhere." she ran into Jackie Strick- 
land Dwelle '35 awaiting a trip to the Ark 
to view the animals. 

Lucy Parton Miller, whose husband Lay- 
mon lectures on noise control, was next to 
write. Joanne Lilly and Dave Abbott had 
visited them near Key West aboard their 
Aistreani trailer. While traveling, the Millers 
received word of the arrival of their first 
grandchild, and Lucy flew to Columbus, O., 
to "have the joy ofhelping out." 

Bill Knight (husband of Beverley Ran- 
dolph. SBC '46) was kind enough to write 
about our beloved Mrs. Lill. We shall miss 
her. Word came from the college that the 
Bernice Lill Scholarship Fund had been 
established from the funds Mrs. Lill left 
the college from the sale of her Woodland 
Road home. Those who wish may add to this 
fitting memorial to our class sponsor. 

Pat Sorenson Ackard and Bill are back 
and forth between Denver and Naples, Fla., 
"now that the children have left the coop." 
She comments: "Walking the beach, swim- 
ming, playing golf and partying — tough 
life, eh?" 

Josephine Harlan Darby's daughter Hallie 
(SBC '67) lives in Richmond where her hus- 
band is teaching at VCU. They have a two 
year old, Allison Smith. Her other daughter 
is married to a football coach and lives in 
Mississippi; they have Harlan, aged 8, and 
David, aged 2. 

Wilma Cavelt Bird, teacher of Latin and 
English in Tulsa, attended Wm. and Mary 
summer session in 1973 and was going to a 
workshop in visual media in San Francisco 
in July '74. She had two granddaughters 
and another grandchild was due in July. 

"Shirts" Shaw Daniel keeps busy with 
Garden Club, Colonial Dames, bowling, 
umpiring Lacrosse games, raising vegetables 
and tennis. Her "young ones" are enjoying 
working in Boston. Among the Briarites she 
sees are Betsy Campbell Gawthrop '39, Shir- 
ley Nalle Irving '40 and Anne Hynson Rump 

Had just received word of Charlotte 
Davenport Tuttle from the Alumnae Office 
when Louise Lembeck Reydal stopped for 
breakfast en route home from Florida. We 
discovered that N. Chatham (on Cape Cod), 
where the Tuttles moved in Sept. is in the 
vicinity of the Reydels summer place. 
"Charlie's" daughter Sue is in London for 
the Ithaca school year, daughter Winsie, 
married, lives in Vermont and son Ty teach- 
es at Trinity-Pawling. Louise had been to 
Florida to visit son Steve who is in college 
there. 1974 had been a rough year for Louise 
including a spell on crutches, but things are 
looking up in 1975. 

Louise Hathaway Norman is Los Angeles 
"Voice of Smog" — does public relations 
for the County Air Pollution Control Dis- 
trict. She had seen Eleanor Frost Wroth- 
nowski and her husband twice within the 
year — once on the West Coast when they 
visited his family and again in Philadelphia 
at the time of the Navy-Notre Dame game. 
(Eleanor's son Gary goes to Annapolis.) 

Martha Jean Brooks Miller and Tommy 
entertained the Frothinghams (Tish Seibels) 
and the Edwards (Louise Kirk) at the Millers' 
Blowing Rock home over the fourth of July. 

Mimi Worthington Foster and Campbell 

were about to celebrate "30 happy years to- 
gether." Their daughter Louise has a little 
girl, Hope, then 14 mos. and son Wheeler, 
a 4 year old, Morgan. The Foster's youngest 
is at the U. ofTenn. 

Judy Hoeber Condit loves being in the 
"ranks of the employed," working with the 
State Boards of Accountancy, Psychology 
and Veterinarians. Her older daughter, Ann, 
is living in Atlanta and Cynthia, who just 
finished at Salem, is working for the Rich- 
mond Mercury. 

Recently saw Betty Brown-Serman Mac- 
Rae and Sara Ann McMullen Lindsey (SBC 
'47) at the Conservation Forum in Charlottes- 
ville and that evening had a chat with Betty 
Doucett Neill who was enroute to a meeting 
at Sweet Briar. 

"Butch" Gurney Betz received word from 
Margaret Johnston Rowan all the way from 
Oregon via "Ma Bell." We barely got to see 
the Betzes in the Adirondacks last summer 
and didn't glimpse Marie Gaffney Barry 
and Ted at all. The Olneys were up for a 
short stay with their youngest, Margy, who 
was recovering fi-om "mono." 

We were all saddened to learn of the death 
of Elizabeth Lancaster Washburn's father, 
Dabney S. Lancaster, who was at Sweet 
Briar when we were. I had seen "Libby" at 
the Lily Show in Lexington in June, (1974). 



Mary (Diddy) Christian Mulligan (Mrs. 
Minot C), 5218 Albermarle Street, Wash- 
ington, D. C. 20016. 
Fund Agent 

Muriel Grymes Blumenthai (Mrs. Alexan- 
der), 964 2nd Avenue, New York, N. Y. 

I know you will want to join me in send- 
ing our deepest sympathy to Willie and Lucy 
Kiker Jones upon the death of their oldest 
daughter. Patsy Jones -Hackett '66, last July 
after a three year struggle with cancer. She 
left a husband and a four year old son, who 
is everyone's pride and joy, Lucy reports. 

We also grieve with Ted and Camille 
Guyton Guething over the tragic death of 
their son Theodore IV in an automobile ac- 
cident last June, leaving his wife and his 
"beautiful, brilliant and exceptionally well 
coordinated," now 16 months old son. Their 
daughter, Steph, is a lab technician at the 
John Elliott Blood Bank, and son Carl is 
working in Michigan. Camille loves real 
estating in Key Biscayne, Fla., where they 

Also, our very deep sympathy goes to Mar- 
garet Swindell Dickerman upon the loss of 
her husband last July, after a lingering ill- 
ness. Margaret is keeping busy at the family 
newspaper in Wilson, North Carolina. 

In January, I visited Dik and Ann Jacobs 
Pakradooni in Bryn Mawr for her mother's 
and their daughter, Gigi's birthdays. It was 
a happy occasion with a lovely dinner party 
to celebrate it. Ann has designed and is sell- 
ing the official Pennsylvania Bicentennial 
scarf and poster. During the Cherry Blos- 
som Festival in Washington in April, scarves 
were presented to Mrs. Ford and several 
other dignitaries. 

Don't forget Posy Hazard Potter's gen- 
erous invitation to bed any '43ers who come 

to Washington for the Bicentennial next 
year. She avoids the kitchen, but is a great 
chauffeur! Her address is Mrs. Sheldon 
Potter, 1801 Windmill Lane, Alexandria, Va. 
She and her husband have bought a con- 
dominium on Longboat Key near Sarasota, 

Pat Robineau McCulloch has three chil- 
dren: the 17-year-old is at Milton and is go- 
ing to Brown next year; the other two (16 
and 12) are at Brearley. Pat is a specialist 
in community relations and is a trained 
mediator in conflict resolutions. She is a 
trustee of St. Luke's Hospital, International 
Student Center, and World Education (an 
adult literacy program). She sees Nancy 
Bean Hilles often. 

Clare Eager Matthai writes fi-om Whites- 
boro, N. Y., that Wrede Petermeyer (hus- 
band of Frances Gregg) was the Fathers' 
Weekend speaker at Pine Manor. He re- 
ported to Worth that Gregg is fine. 

Lloyd and Effie Siegling Bowers' six chil- 
dren keep them on their toes! Their oldest 
daughter, Effie, presented them with identi- 
cal twins last July. Lucy was married last 
April, and Sara is working at Middleton 
Gardens in Charleston, S. C. Son Lloyd fin- 
ished Furman in June and enjoyed Brooks 
Barnes' hospitality last summer while at Har- 
vard. Charlie and Terrell are in school in 
Columbus, Ga., where they live. 

Tookie Kniskern White is still fascinated 
with her work as Probation Officer with 
Family Court in Honolulu. Her daughter, 
Mele, is at the University of Bogota in 
Colombia and her three sons are all mar- 
ried and living in Hawaii. She sees Page 
Ruth Foster and her great family frequently. 
Deborah Douglas Adams writes her family 
is involved in politics again. Husband Ronald 
ran and was defeated for the Georgia Court 
of Appeals in the Democratic Primary last 
August. Now sons Ronnie and Doug are in- 
terested in local politics. Debby, who worked 
in a school library last year, is now resting 
and traveling. 

Karl and Betty Schmeisser Nelson have 
just returned from a fabulous trip to Japan, 
Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Hawaii. 
Karl was on business and Betty out to see 
the world! Their son, Doug, is a senior at 
Cornell, and daughter, Kathy, is married 
and teaching in Binghamton, New York. 

Arms and Harriet Pullen Phillips are the 
bicycle enthusiasts of our class. She writes 
Arms cycles 500 miles a month and that they 
hiked for a week through Pennsylvania 
Dutch country last fall. Their daughter 
Eleanor is married and teaching, and Ginny 
is at McGill in Montreal, while Charlie is 
studying at Penn State. 

One of the most interesting careers of our 
classmates is that of Margaret Baker Kahin. 
She has a rural ministry in Dubois. Wyo., 
where she is working on her Doctorate of 
Ministry degree, as well as at an ecumenical 
retreat and renewal center. Ring Lake 
Ranch. Her son, Brian, is at Harvard Law 
School, and daughter, Sharon, is doing grad- 
uate work at Cornell. 

Annabelle Forsch Prager has formed an 
orchestra for the Independent Schools of 
New York City, where opportunities for in- 
strumental music are rare. The orchestra has 
been invited to tour Poland, Iceland and 
Rumania. She is also still writing and illus- 
trating children's books. Involved in art, too, 
is Sally Lerner David. Four years ago she 
opened a gallery in Rochester, N. Y. After 
receiving her M.A. in Education in 1963, she 
(Continued on page 18.) 


She Wears a Rose 


That gold rose on the collar of Mary Lib Vick 
Thornhill '47 is not just any pretty decorative 
bauble. It has a singular significance. 

TTie rose was presented to her as a token of 
appreciation two years ago when the Austin 
AmericanBank honored her as Woman of the Week. 
The honor came for her devotion to the arts in 
her city. 

The honors of which the rose is a symbol came 
as a result of only a small part of her activities. 
"During her tenure as president of Lagunas Gloria 
Art Museum, she initiated its docent program and 
wrote a history of the museum," said the Nov. 7, 
1973, Austin American Statesman. "Other activities 
include the Texas Fine Arts Association, founder 
of Hill Country Arts Foundation, Board of Junior 
League, Executive Board of Alumnae Association 
of Sweet Briar College, and Town Lake Beauti- 
fication Committee. Listed in Who's Who of 
American Women, Mary Lib Thornhill has worked 
toward children's education as founder, past 
president and present member of Austin Association 
with Learning Disabilities, as a member of the 
State organization and the Citizen's Advisory 
Committee to Juvenile Boards of Travis County. 
She presently serves on the Advisory Committee on 
Special Education to Austin Independent School 

"I would not have enjoyed so many interesting 
situations," Mary Lib recently told us, "if I had 
not had the privilege of attending Sweet Briar . . . 
It was at Sweet Briar where the unquenchable 
thirst for the unattainable was bequeathed. A 
lovely dimension for which I am equally grateful 
was our directed exposure at SBC to regular chapel 
services led by men of God whose faith stirred me." 

Speaking of her work with children with learning 
disabilities, she said, "Serving for the last two 
years on the Special lEducation Citizen's Advisory 

Committee for the Austin Independent School 
District has been a totally fascinating experience. 
Service on this committee evolved out of my work 
over the ten years or so with Learning Disabilities. 
Because of the enthusiasm of a close friend 
who pressed me to initiate the study of L.D. within 
the Public Affairs Study Committee of the Jr. 
League in Texas, I did propose the study and it 
was adopted as the state-wide study by the 17 
committees in the 1%0's. Since then House Bill 
230 has been adopted by the state legislature. 
This bill provided enabling legislation for L.D. 
children to receive special education funds . . . 
Unless the legislature changes its mind this session, 
programs for the children will be available in all 
Texas schools by 1976." 

She also has set up a state-wide lending library 
of cassette tapes of speeches on Learning Dis- 
abilities, including talks given at recent Texas and 
International conferences of the Assoc, for 
Children with Learning Disabilities. The tapes 
have been distributed to the 20 Educational Service 
Centers in Texas and although the library of 
tapes is small in number, Mary Lib feels that it 
will grow over the years and be a ready resourse 
for parents and teachers. 

Mary Lib is married to G. Felder Thornhill, III, 
vice president of Rotan Mosle, a Texas-based 
investment firm. Their children are Gabe, 12, 
Elizabeth, 11, and Mary Ann, 8. 

"Tennis is a favorite of mine," she says. "I 
usually get in two or three games a week. Although 
I have held the top female singles slot at our 
local club Tarryhouse (and am being nudged 
harder every year), I didn't make too big a showing 
in Houston recently in the USLTA National 
Women's 35 and 45 Clay Court Championships. 
The little lady who beat me must have been in her 
late 50's. She stood in the middle of the court and 
chopped, lobbed and sliced me into mincemeat." 

A member of the Texas Watercolor Society, she 
was represented by 57 paintings in a one-woman 
showing in 1966, participated in the Art Fiesta 
at Laguna Gloria Art Museum last spring and in an 
art show at the Driskill Hotel last fall. She is 
a graduate of the Famous Artist Course at Westport, 
Conn., and has studied portrature and painting 
in Houston, Haverstraw, N. Y., Madrid, at the 
Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University and at the 
Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Her work is represented 
in private collections in Texas, New Mexico, New 
York and Massachusetts. 

Last summer while Mary Lib was visiting her 
mother at the Thornhill cabin. Eagle Nest, New 
Mexico, her husband had a little four-gabled 
playhouse on their home grounds redone into an art 
studio with vaulted ceiling and a skylight. On her 
return she moved her brushes, paints and canvases 
into the new studio and resumed actively her major 
interest, art. She works in water color, pen and 
ink and acrylic, but she prefers oil portraiture. At 
present she is working on a Bicentennial sketchbook 


of Austin people and places, which will be 
completed by January 1976. 

Changes in the world have affected the Thomhills. 
"We have lowered our thermostats and cut 
down on our driving," she says. Scoop works out 
at 7 a.m. every MWF; I'm a 15-minute a day 
closeted spectre myself. My interest in city greenery 
continues. Although I like some of the women's 
lib ideas, and being born a Leo and naturally 
bossy, I do hold to the belief that my husband is 
head of my household and I'm basically glad I 
don't have all that responsibility ... I love Austin 
and think fondly of my days as a student at SBC. 
I'm a great advocate of private education, especially 
at the college level and have enjoyed working 
in its behalf. Selling Christmas trees in Houston 
was a fun and profitable SBC Club project (we 
endowed a Houston scholarship in a couple of 
years). Here I love growing tulips and enjoy seeing 
them in the gardens of the friends of Sweet Briar, 
people who support the Bulb Project." 

The Thomhills enjoy traveling and in May 
made a trip up the Rhine. Other trips have taken 
them to Guatemala, Egypt, Greece, Istanbul, 
Amsterdam and Germany. 

MoUy HaskeU '61 

Reverence by Any Other Name 

Film critic, writer for The Massachusetts Review, 
Vogue, The Village Voice, author of From Reverence 
to Rape: The Treatment of Women in the Movies — ^this 
is Molly Haskell of Sweet Briar 1961 and now of East 
88th Street, New York. 

Molly's book (Holt, Rinehart) is available in paper- 
back (Penguin), and you can order the paperback from 
Sweet Briar's Book Shop for $3.95 plus postage. Order 
the book and Mr. Fitts, Manager, will bill you. 

"I began writingi^row Reverence to Rape in 1972," 
Molly tells us. "My thesis — ^that both the good roles for 
women and the number of exciting and assertive ac- 
tresses had declined dramatically since the 20's and 
30's, and that even the femmes fatales of the 40's and 
the kewpie dolls and pin-ups of the 50's were an im- 
provement over present-day heroines — struck most peo- 
ple as unlikely. After all, weren't we just emerging from 
the "liberated 60's," and hadn't women vastly im- 
proved their positions, politically and economically? 
In real life, perhaps, but not in the movies, as a glance 
at your local listings will reveal. 

"The 'buddy film,' the disaster film, the male ad- 
venture film, or a combination thereof — male fantasies 
of a particularly infantile order dominate American 
movie production today. The book, of course, was an 
expression of dismay and a plea for change. Although 
there was, I confess, a small part of me that hoped the 
situation would remain dismal for as long as it took to 
get the book out, just to confirm my thesis. But enough 
is enough! 

"There is no excuse (although there a number of 
underlying reasons) for the absurd shortage of good or 
even realistic women's roles. And where are the ac- 
tresses to replace Bette Davis, Katharine Hepburn, 
Carole Lombard, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, 
Barbara Stanwyck, and so many more? The one ray of 
hope is that the situation has deteriorated to the point 
where it can't get any worse, and the furore has reached 
proportions general and loud enough to penetrate even 
the proverbially thick skulls of movie producers." 

As a Sweet Briar student, Molly spent her junior 
year at London University. After a year in Paris she 
went to New York to write drama and film reviews. She 
was a speech writer for a computer company and a 
writer for the French Film Company. In 1969 she 
married the film critic Andrew Sarris. 


has been working on her doctorate and 
teaching emotionally disturbed children. 

Johnny and Weezie Woodruff Angst spent 
Thanksgiving in Juneau. Alaska, where their 
oldest son and his wife live. In December, 
daughter Weezie was in the Veiled Pro- 
phets Ball in St. Louis, which was also at- 
tended by her godmother. Barbara McNeill 
Yow from Jacksonville. Florida. 

A fascinating and newsy letter arrived 
from Janie Findlay Tate last October. She 
and Charlie retired from Esso in 1972 after 
living abroad for 22 years in such places as 
Indonesia. India. Japan. Vietnam. So. and 
East Africa. Australia. Belgium and lastly 
Greece. They have built four houses in 
Sonora. Mexico — one to live in from Novem- 
ber to June and three are rental. From June 
to November they live in Ontario. Canada. 

Elise McCarthy Samson writes that she is 
looking forward to having her son participate 
in the Junior Tennis Clinic in June. "With 
four boys. I never thought 1 would be able 
to send one to SBC!" 

Another mother of four, Eloise Ellis 
Simons, writes of her children: one son is a 
U. of Ga. graduate, another is in Emory U. 
Law School, a daughter is a senior at Emory 
U., and the youngest son is still at home — in 
the tenth grade at Westminister Schools in 

Elizabeth Shepherd Scott, a widow for four 
years, is going great guns in the real estate 
business in Wilmington. Del. She wxites 
that it is a whole new world with many new 
and younger friends, and she loves it. 

Last October, Em and Nancy Pingree 
Drake. Dougie Woods Sprunt. Frannie Meek 
Temple. Brae Preston and 1 were among 
the many making the SBC trip to Rome. It 
was a wonderful eight days and seven nights 
in a fantastic city, with side trips to Flor- 
ence. Pompeii. Sorrento and Tivoli. 

In September we will have three children 
in college — from 18 to 26 years of age! Mel- 
linda will be at the U. of Maryland; Ralph 
is at the U. of Maine; and Mary Minot is 
undecided. We hope she will attend Sweet 
Briar, where she has been accepted. 


[Editor's note: Through a printer's error, 
the Class Notes for 1947 were printed under 
the heading "1941" in the spring issue. 
Apologies to the members of both classes.'] 



Martha Davis Barnes (Mrs. Waddell). 4459 

Old Club Rd., Macon, Ga. 31204. 

Fund Agent 

Marion Bower Harrison (Mrs. Archibald C, 

Jr.) R.F.D. 1. Box 13-B. Orange. Va. 22960. 

Connie Conover Gaylord and husband, 
Joseph, are the owners and innkeepers of 
Twelve Degrees North, an apartment-resort 
in Grenada, W.I. "Briarites are most wel- 
come." Josephine Neal Peregrine boasts of 
heavenly summers at Crystal Lake. Mich, 
where the welcome mat is out for classmates 
venturing north. Choir, needlepoint, volun- 
teer service command her time. In recent 
months Ann Orr Savage underwent surgery 


which was followed by complications, and 
she also lost her mother following an auto 
wreck and weeks of hospitalization. Ann 
looks forward to visits to their hideaway 
in Danby. Vt. 

When Martha Frye married William Nye 
last June, she acquired three new sons and 
three grandsons. Bill is coordinator for ser- 
vices to the aging for the N.J. Lutheran 
Synod. Martha is studying music therapy 
with an emphasis on geriatrics. Liz Brahmam 
Lee will become a grandmother in May. 
Remodeling their home and trips to Europe, 
the Canary Islands, and Me.xico City have 
kept Liz busy. 

Betty Kernan 's marriage to Denis Quigley 
in May '73 provided her excuse for missing 
reunion. Refurbishing their home and sell- 
ing real estate consume her time. She sees 
Martha Shmidheiser Rodman, who resides 
in Annapolis, and Jane Luke. Jane has a new- 
house in Cotuit. Mass.. and loves Cape Cod 
life. One day a week spent at the cardiac 
clinic at Children's Hospital in Boston keeps 
her in touch with her pediatric subspecialty. 
Cape Cod was the departure point last sum- 
mer for Faith Mattison's solo voyage to Vir- 
ginia and back on a 20 foot sailboat. She 
claims no one has called her "Skipper" in 
27 years! Hours away from her bookstore 
job find Faith skiing or gardening in New 

From California Jane Miller Wright tells 
of plans for a trip on a houseboat in the 
Adriatic this fall. All three Wright sons are 
married, the nest empty. Chuck and Martha 
Garrison Anness will celebrate their 25th, 
with a summer trip to England and Scotland. 
Ann Paxson Gail reports family trips to the 
Bahamas and Mt. Katahdin in Maine. She 
works part time for her husband, serves on 
several high school committees, and is a 
library volunteer. Judy Perkins Llewellyn 
enjoyed a fall trip to Ireland. England, and 
a visit with Norman's father in Wales. 
Church, golf, and paddle tennis fill spare 

Julie Ann Blakey became Mrs. Robert 
Butler, Jr.. late in '74 and now resides in 
Portland, where she enjoys a fantastic view 
of both Mt. Hood and the Willamette River. 
The comings and goings of her four and 
his six plus skiing and camping fill Julie's 
hours. Only her twins and a foster daughter, 
residing with them for the school year, re- 
main at home. 

Political change terminated Ann Rowland 
Tuck's job as Deputy Commissioner of 
Public Welfare in Nashville, and she misses 
the career world. Two children are in college 
and one "fairly self supporting." Suzanne 
Hardy Beaufort shares an apartment with 
her younger daughter Zanne in Augusta. 
Suzanne heads the newest branch of the 
regional library system and loves her job. 
"Ouizee" Lloyd travelled across Siberia via 
railroad last summer and hopes to visit 
mainland China in '76. Currently she is 
working away teaching "psych." Joyce Sent- 
ner Daly, a film/TV documentary writer in 
New York, did an Emmy Award show last 
summer called Three Women Alone. An- 
other career girl. Meon Bower Harrison will 
become registrar at a small private school 
next fall, having apprenticed for the job this 
year. Ardis Fratus McBride is still thrilled 
with managing her own shop and doing out- 
side decorating as well. Janet Smith Means 
and her husband own a hardward shop in 
Peterboro, N.H. In nearby Jaffrey. Patty 

Jenney Nielsen and Henry are raising Siber- 
ian Huskies. Dolly Antrim McKenna now re- 
sides in Mechanicsburg. Pa. where husband 
James, a Rear Admiral, is assigned to De- 
fense Activities. 

Nancy Steptoe McKinley enjoys bargello 
and volunteers for FISH and the Episcopal 
Church. Husband Stan is Deputy Executive 
Director. Federal Communications Com- 
mission. Kitty Doolin Dickey's husband re- 
tired from the Marine Corps in Sept. They 
are managing his family's land in Huntly. 
Va.. where they raise Angus cattle. Dick and 
Ginny Wurzbach Vardy settled in Annan- 
dale, Va., following Dick's retirement from 
the Navy. His new career is with Value En- 
gineering Co.. and Ginny is teaching pre- 
school. Vi Whitehead Morse's husband 
Walter retired from 30 years of government 
service in June, immediately opening his pri- 
vate law practice in Arlington, Va. 

Patty Traugott married Jim Rouse in 
November and moved to Columbia. Md.. the 
new town "that Jim is responsible for build- 
ing." As a consultant to the government of 
Tanzania. Jim took Patty on a trip to Africa 
this spring. Audrey Lahman Rosselot and 
her two youngest children tackled Asian 
Studies first-hand when they moved in June 
'73 to Calcutta, where her husband was as- 
signed to the Consulate General. Westray 
Boyce Nicholas will accompany husband 
Roy. the president of Royal-Globe Insur- 
ance Co.. on a visit to the home office in 
London in May. 

Closey (Faulkner) and Whit Dickey have 
settled on Cape Cod at Nonquitt. They have 
renovated and are landscaping an old house, 
(and are the proud owners of a 35 foot sloop.) 
Whit is president of the 1st National Bank 
of New Bedford. Kax Berthier MeKelway 
has both sons in college. -and two daughters 
at home. Sally Smith Williams raised an 
entire family of ski enthusiasts. They all 
spend winter weekends at their Bryce Moun- 
tain chalet. Marguerite Rucker Ellett heads 
a Blood Donor Program, plans programs for 
the Women of the Church, and is still knit- 
ting. Daily walks, Drama Guild, a non- 
denominational religious group, and part 
time work as a reader for a blind student 
consume Pat Cansler Covington's time. 
Mayde Luddington Henningsen writes that 
husband Vic is enjoying his service on the 
SBC Board of Overseers. Daughter Mary is 
SBC class of '75 and will pursue graduate 
studies at the University of Madrid. 

Another SBC '75 graduate is Celia Robert- 
son, daughter of Mary Barrett and Heard 
Robertson. Heard practices law. writes his- 
tory and gardens while Mary continues as a 
"jack of all trades." The Tom Martins 
(Peggy Sheffield) welcomed Tom III back 
to Atlanta while he pursues an MA in Busi- 
ness at Emory. A June wedding for son 
David and the debutante whirl for Lisa 
promise a busy summer. 

Elizabeth, daughter of Liz Graves Perkin- 
son, soon winds up freshman year at SBC. 
Gigi has joined brother John as competitive 
tennis player, winning the 10 and under 
city championship. Ann ("Tommy") Porter 
Mullen is engaged in activities with the 
Scouts, the PTA, and work with the deaf. 
She is trying to master sign language. Liz 
Hooks Richards and Bill enjoyed a fall trip 
to Europe, and April should find them 
basking in the Florida sun. A trip to New- 
York put Diane King Nelson in touch with 
Jane Ransom Gray who lives in Weston, 

Conn., and an airport layover in Atlanta 
allowed her a visit with Ann Ricks Griffin. 

Deepest sympathy is extended to Eve 
Gocchaux Hirsch whose husband died this 
past November, and to Helen Elliott Sockwell 
whose father died in February. Eve still 
lives in New Orleans but has moved to 
smaller quarters. Helen vacations at Nags 
Head and attends meetings with Warren, 
their latest being a trip to England followed 
by the Target Missile Tri-Partite Meeting. 

Jane Taylor Ix's big interests are cooking, 
needlework, and planning for family gather- 
ings now that three sons are away in college. 
Husband Bill has been named the "Man of 
the Year" by the Textile Salesmen's Associa- 
tion. With two daughters married, two in 
college, and one in boarding school, "Beezie" 
De Vore Towers and Charlie are spending 
much time in the mountains of NC where 
they are building a summer place. Both 
weddings took place in '73. 

Eleanor Potts Snodgrass and "Strib" 
settled in Jacksonville for a brief time fol- 
lowing his retirement from the Navy. The 
Recession cancelled his second career there, 
and they are again at Virginia Beach. While 
in Florida they enjoyed seeing the Towers. 
My husband Waddell and I faced a new 
beginning when he opened his new practice 
in Medical Oncology in April '74. A year of 
illness starting with angina, coronary by- 
pass surgery in Houston, and a postoperative 
bout with serum hepatitis failed to defeat 
him. He is again active in his profession 
and leading a normal life. Miracles I do be- 
lieve in! With his new diet, I have become a 
local authority on low fat, low cholesterol 



Dolly Wallace Hartman (Mrs. John) 1407 

Meadow Crest Dr., Charleston, W. Va. 


Fund Agent 

Jacqueline Lowe Young (Mrs. Richard W.) 

1317 Woodland Circle, Bethlehem, Pa. 


Blessings on thee, '53, for your prompt, 
prolific responses to my postal plea for news. 

Kay Amsden enjoys teaching at the Uni- 
versity of New Hampshire. Besides being 
"swamped with committee work," she is 
"servant to seven cats." June Arata Pickett's 
husband Bob is a consultant in the com- 
munications field. She writes glorious re- 
ports of visits from Sallie Gayle Beck and 
from Cinnie Moorhead McNair and Norm. 
June is busy with Junior League (still?), ten- 
nis, and "keeping up with David. 1 1, and 
Janice, 9." 

Guess what noteworthy athlete back- 
packed to the bottom of the Grand Canyon 
last year. Katzy Bailey Nager! She admits 
that husband, C. J., and their three sons 
thought "mother a bit slow on the return." 
Since the last newsletter, Joan Brophy Tyree 
and Tom have visited the Nagers in Cali- 
fornia, Joan writes that "we were almost 
convinced that sunny California was the 
place to live, but then I remembered our 
four avid skiers at home, waiting all sum- 
mer long for the snow to fall." The Tyrees 
have built a ski slope in their back yard ! 

Wish all of you could see the beautiful 
family picture from Betty Bentsen Winn! It 

was taken at Mt. Kenya where the Winns 
were on safari last summer. Betty and Dan 
have three children: Ellen, 21, and Dan, Jr., 
20. both students at the University of Texas, 
and Susie, a high school junior. Ellen and 
Dan, Jr.. are spending this summer studying 
at Oxford. Betty and Dan were in Washing- 
ton for Betty's brother's announcement as a 
presidential candidate. You probably remem- 
ber that Lloyd Bentsen was in the House of 
Representatives when we were at Sweet Briar. 
Betty was active when he ran for the Senate 
in 1970, and will now participate in his 
presidential campaign. She writes glowingly 
of a lunch given by Ann Horrigan Lyon in 
Houston, where she saw Mary Alexander 
Sherwood and Martha Moore Cuenod. 

Alpine, N. J., has a new interior decora- 
ting firm named "By Design, Inc." and it 
has a partner named Nancy Bomar An- 
drews. Nancy decorated an area for the Ber- 
gen County Junior League Designer Show 
in April. She and her husband David took 
David, Jr., on a college tour during which 
they drove through Sweet Briar. The new 
buildings impressed them greatly. 

Gage Bush Englund is a "happily retired 
dancer." She and Richard are enjoying 
enormously their little Alixa, also called 
"Pumpkin" who was bom in October 1973. 
Richard is director of the Ballet Repertory 
Company, which is sponsored by the Ameri- 
can Ballet Theatre. Gage teaches and 
coaches ballet part-time with his company. 
This allows her to continue her interest in 
dance and still have plenty of time to be 
with Alixa. In years past. Gage was awarded 
a Ford Foundation scholarship with the 
School of American Ballet. She also founded 
the Birmingham Ballet Company and the 
Alabama State Ballet. She received enthusi- 
astic acclaim during her distinguished danc- 
ing career and was one of only six young 
American dancers discussed in Edwina 
Glen's Book of Ballet. 

Sug Cantey Patton is busy with church 
work. Girl Scouts, and P.T.A. She and 
Stuart have two children; son Stuart is a 
freshman at Auburn University and daugh- 
ter Leila is in tenth grade, leading cheers 
and acting in school plays. Dorothea Fuller 
had a trip to California last year and visited 
Janie Collins Sjoberg and her family. 

Sallie Gayle Beck continues to enjoy work- 
ing at International Visitors' Center in Cin- 
cinnati. Her son, Rob, attends Macalester 
College in St. Paul and daughter, Gayle, 
second in her class, has graduated from 
high school. 

Congratulations to Bob Goldsmith, Isabel 
Grayson's husband who was elected pres- 
ident of the Southeastern Conference of the 
U.S. Savings and Loan League. Their oldest 
son. Rob, has graduated from Hampden- 
Sydney and will attend theological semi- 
nary in the fall. Two other Goldsmith sons 
are at Hampden-Sydney and two more at 

Anne (Kim) Green Stone was president of 
the Westlake (Ohio) High School P.T.A. 
last year and will be president of the Council 
of Westlake P.T.A.s for the coming year. 
Her oldest child, Cymry, is at University of 
Arizona; Jay has graduated from high school, 
and Thornton will be a senior next year. 
Sara will be in third grade and Grace in 
first. Kim's husband, John, a geologist, 
travels extensively in this country and in 
South America. 

The State Department keeps Kitty Guer- 

rani Fields' husband, Lou, travelling, too. 
In the past year, he has been to Mexico, 
northern Europe, the Far East, and Cali- 
fornia (where he saw the Nagers). The Fields' 
daughter Frances has graduated from St. 
Catherine's and will go to Salem College in 
Winston-Salem, where she was accepted on 
early decision. Since the last newsletter, the 
Fields have spent an evening in Washington 
with Ann King Dietrich and Beau, and 
Lynne Kerwin Byron and Jamie. TTie Diet- 
richs are presently in Japan where Beau will 
be stationed for three years. 

I love the family Christmas cards designed 
by Jenna Harris, daughter of Dale Huiier 
Harris and Ted. Since last we were pub- 
lished. Dale has been to Houston for a Crime 
and Delinquency Conference. While there, 
she saw Nan O'Keeffe and Liz Gibson 
Brooks. Liz is planning to go into the real 
estate business. Dale and Ted have visited 
the Fields for the Richmond Cotillion. 

Meanwhile, back on the slopes, Anne Joyce 
Wyman, Joseph, their six-year-old Anneke 
and two grandmothers spent spring vacation 
at St. Moritz. This was followed by a week in 
Italy. Mary Kimball Grier and Bos traveled 
to England and Italy last October with the 
National Association of Hosiery Manufac- 
turers. Their children are Ned, 17; Eliza- 
beth, 15; and Roger, 12. 

Nan Locke Rosa was chairman of her 
church bazaar last year and is now chair- 
man of a Mardi-Gras Ball. She is also leader 
for Mary-Nelms' Girl Scout troop. In ad- 
dition. Nan is establishing a tour guide ser- 
vice in Montgomery. 

Now serving as president of Bethlehem's 
AAUW is Jackie Lowe Young. When I 
heard from her last year, her son, Jeff, was 
a freshman at Lycoming College in Penn- 
sylvania, and the Youngs were on their way 
to take Tom, 14 and Camie, 4, to Disney 
World. (We took our flock to Disney World 
in January and loved it.) 

More from Academe: Mary Littlejohn 
Belser is teaching English at a Junior College 
in Auburn, Alabama. Her twins are now 16. 
M.A. Mellen Root, John, and their children 
hiked parts of the Appalachian Trail last 
year and spent an evening with Maggie 
Graves McClung and David. M. A. works 
part-time in a bookstore and loves it. Martha 
Moore Cuenod's daughter, Carol, attends 
Texas University. Martha and Marc have 
two other children at home; Marc. Jr., and 
Annie. Caroline Moody Roberts attended 
Sweet Briar's Alumnae Council last fall. 

Nashville has a radio station designed for 
the blind. Cinnie Moorhead McNair's inter- 
esting new volunteer work is there, reading 
newspapers, periodicals and current books 
on the air. She and Norm have three sons: 
the oldest is at Sewanee playing varsity 
basketball; the middle son graduated from 
high school this year and played on the state 
championship football team; their youngest 
will be a senior in the fall. In addition to 
visiting the Picketts in Chicago, the McNairs 
also visited Midge Chace Powell and Bill. 

Since the last class notes, Cathy Munds 
Storek, Ben, and their children, Karen, 15, 
and Mark, 12, have been to Czechoslavakia, 
and have also been skiing in Telluride, 
Colo. Cathy writes that she was "the only one 
to come down in the ski lift smiling." 

Word from Houston is that Nan O'Keeffe 
enjoys her job in genetics at Texas Children's 
Hospital, and she also works in Republican 
politics. Nancy Ord Jackson's husband Art 


has retired from government service. After 
five years in Okinawa and Panama they are 
back in Virginia. Their daughter Diane will 
enter Assumption College ;p Worchester. 
Mass.. in September. Their other children 
arc Tom. 16; Roben. 14; Sarah. 10; and 
William. 7. 

The children of Jane Perry Liles and 
George are having exciting summers. Jock 
is at ski camp in Switzerland and Perry is 
at a West Coast camp. Janie Pieper Mere- 
dith and Bill have moved to Richmond. Bill 
is a stockbroker with Wheat and Company. 
Their daughter Claire attends college in 
Arizona. Their sons are at Woodberry. and 
Molly is now 14. 

I thought I was kidding when I asked who 
had been pearl diving in the Pacific. Then 
here comes news from Gloria Rawls Askew 
whose travels are exotic. Gloria's husband 
Hank is with Freeport Indonesia. Inc.. a sub- 
sidiary of Freeport Minerals. The Askews 
live in New Orleans, but Hank travels re- 
gularly to New Guinea where his company 
has a mine. Gloria spent two weeks at the 
minesite last year; then they traveled to 
Australia. Singapore, Bangkok and Hong 
Kong. Their two daughters are Allyson. who 
graduated from high school with honors last 
year and is now at Vanderbilt majoring in 
chemistry and Jan. who is 14. 

Another adventure story is from Liz Ruy 
Herbert. She. her husband, and four sons. 
recently shot the rapids of the Colorado 
River! They camped out for eight nights in 
sleeping bags. Two sons are in college and 
two are at home, and Liz has gone back to 
school to take history and business. Polly 
Shan Shoemaker is co-chairman of the 
Bicentennial Committee for Greenville. They 
had a trip to Russia in February. 

Last Christmas. Betty Thomas Rahv 
visited her family in Charleston and 1 en- 
joyed seeing her. She thoroughly enchanted 
our children with her in-depth interest in 
their various projects. On behalf of our class. 
I extend deep sympathy to Betty, whose hus- 
band. Philip Rahv, died in December, 1973. 
A quotation from Time magazine's "Mile- 
stones" (Jan. 7, 1974) says of him: "A pro- 
fessor of English at Brandeis University 
since 1957. Rahv was the author of three 
collections of essays, most notably Literature 
and the Sixth Sense (1969)," Last year, 
Betty's book From Sartre to the New Novel 
was published. The book jacket has this 
description: "Betty T. Rahv presents a mas- 
terful distillation of all the warring literary 
criticism extant on Sartre and the writers 
of the New Novel." Her book is dedicated 
to her son William, who is in high school. 
Betty has taught French literature at Bran- 
deis University and at the University of Mas- 
sachusetts. She is now on the faculty at 
Boston College. You may recall that she had 
a Fulbright to study in Paris and the Ger- 
man government awarded her a grant to 
study in Freiburg. Her PhD is from Indiana 

After fifteen years teaching kindergarten. 
Patti Tighe Walden writes that she's "been 
promoted to first grade!" She and her hus- 
band Bev, an artist, are restoring a 150-year 
old house in Asbury. N.J. Daughters Sandy 
and Liz are 19 and 17; Ben is 7 and Emilv, 

Kirk Tucker Clarkson and Jack saw Polly 
Sloan Shoemaker and Ginny Dunlap Shelton 
last October. They are all attending the 
Virginia-Georgia Tech game in Atlanta. Kirk 


volunteers for the Norfolk Art Museum. 
Their son Palmer and daughter Polly are 
both in high school. Katty Turner Mears' 
and Ben's oldest child, Ben. Ill, was married 
last December. Their daughter Price is back 
at Hollins after a year studying in Paris with 
Hollins College. Maria, 10. is a horseback 

Ann Vlerebome Sorenson teaches religion 
at Mt. Hermon School in Northfield, Mass. 
Her class in Old Testament made an ani- 
mated religious film. Her children are Mary. 
13 and Mark. 9. Connie Werly Wakelee is 
enthusiastic about her job as a nursery 
school director in North Guilford, Conn. 
She and Dave have five children: Jeffrey. 20; 
twins Holly and Ann. 16; Barbi. 12; and 
Karen. 10. " 

A late news item sent in by Anne Phelps 
Gorman told of the tragic death of her 
daughter, Jo, who was her only child. She 
had been missing since the Apple Festival 
in Paintsville, Ky., on October 4, 1974, and 
was found there March 5, 1975, 

Nancy McGinnis Haskell, \sho lives in 
Amherst County, sent news of her three 
sons, Mike, Mark and Marshall, and daugh- 
ter Lucia, Mike was married last November 
and Nancy is looking forward to becoming 
a grandmother in Nov. 1975, She asks, "Am 
1 first grandma in class of '53?" Mark is in 
the Air Force and is currently at a SAC base 
in N.H. as a member of a special forces 
team. Marshall is in the tenth grade and 
Lucia is a fifth grader who is winning prizes 
for her ballet dancing and choreography. 
Nancy is currently unemployed but is very 
active in volunteer work in the county. She 
says her door stands open to anyone in '53 
who conies to Sweet Briar at any time. 



Lee Haskell Vest (Mrs. George G. Vest). 43 
St. John Place. New Canaan. Conn. 06840, 
Fund Agent 

Kim McMurtry Fowler (Mrs, Dudley), 
Greenshores, Rt, 7, Austin. Tex. 78703. 

Anne Wilson Rowe's daughter has been 
accepted at SBC for this fall. She thought 
that Jeanette was the first of our class 
daughters but lo and behold Jane Dunn 
Ennis' daughter Carolyn is already there! 
Nancy Fink Leeds' niece is there and Nancy 
went to Parents day last year to see her and 
to visit with Ninie Laing. 

Chips Chao Pai has written a book! En- 
titled Foundations of Genetics, published by 
McGraw Hill, it is used by Chips for a course 
she teaches to non-science majors at Mont- 
clair (N.J.) State College. Congratulations! 

Buist. Buist III. (age 14). Reinette (age 11) 
and Carroll Weilzel Rivers had a super trip 
to South .4frica last August. They went via 
Rio and came home through London. They 
all want to go back, but instead they all ride 
with the Middleton Place Hunt in Charles- 
ton. Carroll is now the joint MFH. 

Mary Webb Miller and her family, Tom, 
Tommy and Katherine went skiing for the 
first time this year. They went to Purgatory 
Mountain in Colorado. The Millers have 
just remodeled an old house in Houston and 
are in the throes of decorating and landscap- 
ing. As your class ski bum, I must say I am 
delighted to read how many of you have 

taken to the slopes. Even Sandra Stingily 
Simpson has tried it! Last year Jim's mother 
took all her grandchildren and their mothers 
to Sun Valley. "All teenagers learn quick- 
ly," said Sandra! 

Joe and Dagmar Halmagyi Yon have final- 
ly settled down. The have bought a house 
in Poway. Calif. Joe finished his fellowship 
in Gynecologic Oncology in July and was 
transferred to the San Diego area to estab- 
lish a Navy/Civilian fellowship program out 
there. Dagmar says the feeling of perman- 
ence is great. Both her boys. Jody and Steve, 
are now Eagle Scouts! Jody is in an Explorer 
Post involved with SCUBA diving and Steve 
is waiting to join one involved in aviation. 
Laura in the meantime, not to be outdone, 
has already earned 25 badges as a Junior 
Girl Scout. 

Another Christmas letter filled with news 
of six children came from Marjie Whitson 
Aude. Last spring they decided to build a 
new "30,000 bird fully automated high rise 
single deck laying house" for their chickens. 
It is now fully occupied. Marjie attended the 
American Farm Bureau Conference in 
Atlantic City last year and a state meeting 
at Grossingers. She is still doing her radio 
program twice a week but now she is on 
prime time vs 6:20 am! Her oldest daughter 
is now looking at colleges. 

Suzanne Gipson Farnham wrote updating 
her family's activities. Barney was on the 
Baltimore de-segregation task force this year. 
Their neighborhood continues to expand 
through restoration and they feel very lucky 
to be there. Suzanne did tell me the very sad 
news that Lainy Newton Dickenson's hus- 
band Alan died over a year ago. Our sym- 
pathies to Lainy and her son. 

Last October George and I stayed with 
Jock and Stella Moore McClintock in North 
Andover, Mass. Bill and Nannette McBurney 
Crowdus came for lunch. It was super to 
see them again for the first time since their 
wedding. None of us has changed a bit! They 
are living in Wellesley now and Nannette is 
on the SBC Alumnae Association Board in 
charge of Scholarships. While on her way to 
Florida last December Stella stopped in 
Louisville and called Mary Sioll. It turned 
out that Mary was being remarried the next 
day! She is now Mrs. Theodore L. Cross. 

I am planning to stay with Joan Graf- 
mueller Grier and Bill in Denver next month 
after AJL Conference at Colorado Springs. 
Also I am counting the days till August 
when the four of us will be on the Cape for 
the whole month! If any of you are near by 
please call us. 

PS. I do hope you recognized all of us in 
the Winter issue of the Alumnae Magazine! 



Jane Roulston Schoettker (Mrs. Jane R. 
Schoettker) 305-A N. Hamilton St.. Rich- 
mond. Va. 23221. 
Fund Agents 

Ann Riichey Baruch (Mrs. Richard F.). 841 
Merion Sq.. Gladwyne. Pa. 19035. 
Mary Belle Scott Rauch (Mrs. Alfred) 308 
Brentwood Rd.. Haverford. Pa. 19041. 

Gary Lamond and Pat Dillon and their 
children Randee, 11, and Ricky, 8. are liv- 

ing in Mission Viejo, Calif., where Pat is 
personnel manager for Bourns, Inc. Cary is 
working in real estate. If you are looking 
for a house in the area, please contact her at 
Mission Hills Realty. Cary is also the bulb 
chairman for the Southern California club. 

Peg Pulis is a free-lance medical illustra- 
tor with clients in both Philadelphia and 
New York. Her apartment-studio is located 
across the Hudson from 28th Street in Union 
City. N.J. 

In Wilmington Alice Warner and Robert 
Donaghy announce the birth of Robert J. 
Donaghy. III. on August 21. 1973. Alice has 
been assistant treasurer of the Junior League 
and also treasurer of PEG. a junior League 

Nancy Lord and James Guthrie and their 
children Jimmie, 5, and Nancy Day, 2, 
moved from London to Dublin. She writes 
that they would love to see anyone travelling 
their way. 

Beth Johnson and Jim Phillips moved in 
May, 1973, to Hampton, Va., where Jim is 
an Orthopedist and also active in a research 
project with technical support by NASA. 
Beth is using her biology training to help him 
with research, and they are hopeful of help- 
ing children with certain crippling diseases. 
Angela, 5, Eleanor Anne, 3, and Sandy, 1, 
also help keep Beth busy. 

Mary Layne Shine and Bob Gregg and 
their four children have moved from Evans- 
ton to Chapel Hill, N. C, where Bob is 
teaching Early Church History at Duke Di- 
vinity School. 

From Scotland Louise Durham Turner 
writes that she and the children went skiing 
in Switzerland and visited her mother in 
1974. She was hoping to be present to see 
Dean Sims receive her honorary degree from 
St. Andrews and was looking forward to a 
visit from her sister, Snowdon Durham 
Kisner, '59. 

Betsy Shure Gross writes that she is an 
associate of the Gallery for the Society of 
Arts and Crafts on Newbury Street in Boston 
and is enjoying it tremendously. 

In New Haven Anne Parker Schmalz has 
an unusual job as a "horticultural curator" 
in a bank which has a large plant collection 
as its interior decor. She is also a grower in 
Lexington Gardens' North Haven Green- 
houses and teaches a children's horticulture 
class in the city's greenhouses. 

Brooke Hamilton Cressall returned to 
college for education courses and is now 
teaching kindergarten in Columbia, Ga. Her 
son Hunter is 8. 

Jocelyn Palmer and Tom Conners are 
moving firom Winston-Salem to Roanoke, 
Va., this summer, Katherine, 11; Michaelle, 
10; Tim, 8 and Mark, 6, are looking forward 
to the move. Jocelyn and Tom went to his 
15th Reunion at Colby College. 

From New Orleans Kate Vickery Stock- 
ton writes that Maurice, 10, and Paul, 6, 
are attending Newman School. Their daugh- 
ter Gaire, 8, goes to McGhee's. 

After three years in Pennsylvania Lynne 
Rynders and Terry Welch are moving to 
Piano, Tex. where they are building a home. 
Bill, 5, and Michael, IVi, are looking forward 
to the move. 

As you know May Belle Scott Rauch and 
Ann Ritchey Baruch have worked diligently 
as our class fund agents. Ann says that Dick 
went south on business last summer, and 
she and the children tagged along and visited 
Ray Henley Thompson in Atlanta, Jocelyn 

Palmer and Tom Connors in Winston- 
Salem, and Alice Allen and Ross Smyth in 
Charlotte. In the fall they went to London 
and saw a lot of Anne Allen and Taft 

Louisa Turner spent a long weekend last 
summer with Kitty Carter Smith and her 
family in Nantucket. Louisa enjoys her work 
at IBM where she works with a hospital, a 
medical school and the Blood Center, help- 
ing them with their computer applications. 
Last June she climbed Mt. Washington and 
Mt. Lafayette in September. 

Barbara Sublett Guthery writes that they 
are enjoying living in the New York area. 
They play lots of tennis and daughter Katie, 
a seventh-grader, has become an avid skier. 
They were planning to return to Kenya and 
Tanzania on safari and to the Seychelle 

Jean Gantt Nuzum and her husband an- 
nounce the birth of their first child Chris- 
tine Brent Nuzum on January 14, 1974. Jean 
has returned to work half-time as a social 
worker in Pediatrics at the University Medi- 
cal Center. 

From Louisville Elizabeth Farmer Owen 
writes that Douglas loves first grade and 
Elizabeth, 4, is in their church week day 
school. Elizabeth was membership chairman 
at the art museum and secretary to the 
Museum Ball. 

In Cornelia, Ga., Martha Baum Sikes has 
really been busy. For three years she has 
taught English and French at Piedmont Col- 
lege, organized a girl's tennis team, served 
as college organist and coached a group of 
students who participated in a Southern 
College Bowl Meet. Also she is learning to 
fly. Matthew, 4, and Susanne, 3, are in 
kindergarten and nursery school. 

Gloria Mederer and Wilby Coleman an- 
nounce the birth of Sally Ann Mederer 
Coleman on April 1, 1974. This was Gloria's 
first baby. The Colemans now have five chil- 
dren ranging from 21 to one year. They en- 
joy doing things as a family such as sailing 
and walking on the Appalachian trail. She 
writes that she heard from Ann Percy who 
now has her Ph.D. in Art History from the 
University of London. 

Anne-Bruce Boxley and Edward Burgess 
have an active three-year-old, Eddie. During 
the past year they have travelled to Las 
Vegas and London and were looking forward 
to visiting her sister in San Juan. 

I am still working as a caseworker for the 
Richmond Social Service Bureau. I am also a 
part-time student in the School of Social 
Work at Virginia Commonwealth University. 
Last year my daughter Lisa, age 9, and I en- 
joyed trips to Walt Disney World and Louis- 
ville, Ky. I see quite a bit of Fontaine Hutter 
Hettrick. She and her children Heather, 9, 
and Edward, 7, visited her sister in Lynch- 
burg for Christmas. 



Margaret Ann (Peggy) Cheesewright, 1630 
Lihiliho #1501 Honolulu, Hawaii 96822 
Fund Agent 

Diane Leslie, 20 Westminster Dr., N. E., 
Atlanta, Ga. 30309 


Gypsie Bear to Thomas Van Antwerp 
Chloe Briscoe to Thomas Barton Ewalt 

Harriett Broughton to Gary H. Gruber 

Joyce Cameron to Howard Harder 

Terry Christovich to Charley Gay 

Mary Danford to Michael Baker 

Susan Hancock to Ray C. Duke, Jr. 

Chris Hegarty to Patrick Savage 

Jane McCutchen to Barclay McFadden, III 

Dede Mclntyre to Don Porter 

Jan Merritt to Douglas Pratt-Thomas 

Betsy Oakley to Ralph H. Smith 

Cathy Rasmussen to Christopher H. Rentzel 

Ann Spang to Tony Lee Bennett 

Jennifer Stockwell to Daniel Ferguson 

Sandra Schwartz to Peter Tropper 

Patty Williams to David Sacco 


To Rachael May Fitzgerald and Arnold: 
Andrea Michelle 

To Cathy Rasmussen Rentzel and Chris- 
topher: Catherine Kelly 
To Patty Williams Sacco and David: Kristen 

Charlottesville is still a popular place for 
our class to be. While her husband is com- 
pleting medical school, Ann Major Gibb 
is working at the U. Va. hospital for a sur- 
geon who is conducting ulcer research. 
Ann has been taking night classes in interior 
design, antiques, and decoupage. Weezie 
Blakeslee is a medical secretary to an Aus- 
tralian cardiovascular surgeon, and she even 
has a chance to have lunch with Mac Cuth- 
bert on occasion. Janie Genster is in law 
school at U. Va. Pam Rasche is working 
hard on her Masters at U. Va. and last 
summer visited Ellen Stelling in Asheville. 
Still working for U. Va. is Tina Sheris Wood 
while her husband is finishing medical 
school. Laurie Nossis Hendricks is teaching 
100 neat sixth graders and is knitting like 
crazy. Also living in Charlottesville are Susan 
Bundy and Jane McCutchen McFadden, who 
went to Aspen with her in-laws for Christmas 
and then to Switzerland with her parents. 
When in Charlottesville, she takes art 
courses and works part-time for "Man- 
power" and is a substitute at a private 
school. In Jane and Barclay's wedding were 
Marion McKee. Susanne Garrison, Carter 
Heyward Morris, Robin Harmon, and Emily 
Garth. Champe Smith works at St. Anne's 
School as a cook and commutes fifty miles 
to her house in the country. She sees Laura 
Montague and Mittie Jordan fairly regularly. 

Representing our class in Amherst, Va., 
is Rachael Mays Fitzgerald, who is taking a 
three month leave from her job as a social 
worker to care for her new baby girl. To 
the west and over that famous Blue-Ridge 
grade is Nan Robertson in her second year 
of law school at W & L. In Franklin, Va., is 
Susan Hancock Duke who is in the retail 
clothing business with her husband. Lois 
Means got sick of New York, left her job 
at CBS-TV, and moved to Richmond, where 
she makes the right commercials go on at 
the right time at WTVR-TV. She shares 
an apartment with Kathy Williams, has 
lunch with Dorsie Buck Harrison occasion- 
ally, and often sees Sherry White. In March 
'74 Sherry was promoted to the department 
manager of jewelry at Best Products. Last 
summer, after working ninety hours a week 
and developing stomach ulcers, she trans- 
ferred to the company's central offices in 
Ashland as a corporate jewelry buyer. 
Magee Leigh is in medical school in Nor- 
folk, and also in Norfolk is Carol Stewart 
Harper, whose husband Doug was with the 


Navy in Egypt (Suez Canal) before Christ- 
mas. After a year of graduate studies in 
biology at William and Mary, Robin Roden 
travelled in the U. S. last summer. Last 
fall, she started medical school at the East- 
ern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk. 
Ginger Woodward is in Leesburg, Va. play- 
ing tennis and doing ballet when not teach- 
ing. Sandie Swam Tropper and Peter are 
living in Alexandria. Va. Both are in the 
final semester of their master's programs 
at Johns Hopkins University (School of 
International Studies) along with Jane 
Lowrey. Linda Moscato and Robin Roden 
attended the Troppers' wedding. Sandie 
ran into Peggy Bender last fall. Also living 
in Alexandria is Lacy Williams, who is a 
computer programmer at Goddard Space 
Flight Center (NASA) in Greenbolt, Md. 
Glenys Dyer Church is living in Annandale. 
Va.. and is a research assistant in the statis- 
tical section for the American Life Insurance 
Association in D. C. Jan Storey, Susan 
Miller, and Jennifer Wherr)> EIrod and 
Gene are all in Washington, D. C. as well 
as Marye Taylor who is working for Senator 
J. Bennett Johnston (La.). Betsy Cann Per- 
kins loves working at Brooks Brothers in 
D. C. Although Palmer Lane is still en- 
rolled at Tulane. she is now in D. C. doing 
research for her thesis (in Art History), the 
topic of which is "The Commercial Photo- 
graphy of Charles Shuller." 

Chloe Briscoe Ewalt and Bart (who is an 
agricultural technician) are living on the 
family farm in a house in the woods in 
Maryland, where Chloe teaches first grade 
in a nearby private school. Ann Spang Ben- 
nett is an insurance agent in Aberdeen. 
Md., and her husband Tony is a lieutenant 
in the Army. Jill Heptinstall recently got a 
great job with a publisher in Md. 

In New York City. Nancy Lenihan went 
to Katherine Gibbs last summer and then 
was hired as assistant to the Fashion and 
Activities Director. Nancy is in charge of 
the grooming course and social life! She 
was in Anita Clarendon's wedding last 
spring and has seen Blanchette Chappell, 
who has been working since last September 
as a paralegal. Georgia Tucker has been 
working for almost a year in the Job Evalua- 
tion and Salary Administration section of 
Personnel at the headquarters of Manufac- 
turers Hanover Trust — Melinda Williams is 
in the same company. Joan May Harden 
and Rick work a block apart on Wall Street 
where he is a corporate lawyer and where 
she is a corporate-litigation-tax paralegal. 
In Cooperstown. N. Y.. Sue Dern is fmish- 
ing her thesis while working as the registrar 
intern in the museum, where she has duties 
such as registering all incoming art objects 
and designing exhibits. Last fall she ven- 
tured back to SBC (by way of Alexandria) 
with Ginger Woodward, Jane Lowrey, Jane 
MFaddin. and Laurie Norris Hendricks. 
In January Sue went to Williamsburg for 
the Antiques Magazine Forum. Judy 
O'Keefe. who is living in Glen Ridge, N. J., 
after spending a year in NYC is working 
toward her MBA at Rutgers. After a happy 
wedding, with Kathy Pretzfelder as one of 
the bridesmaids and a few other SBC'ers in 
attendance. Debbie Pollock Meyer and 
Fred tied to Acapuico for a super honey- 
moon. Debbie works for a bank as a credit 
analyst for four offices while Fred is finish- 
ing his degree in education at Boston U. In 
Northern Vermont Jane Knutson and 


Michael are doing a fair amount of skiing, 
when Jane is not woodworking, knitting, 
or needlepointing. Scottie Robinson is com- 
pleting her master's program in Fine Arts 
and Education at the U. of New Hampshire 
after graduating from Union College in 
N. Y. and working for a year. 

Mary McKeever is working in the Dis- 
tribution Department of the headquarters 
of Olin Corp. in Stamford. Conn. Also in 
Connecticut is Donna Crouch, who is a 
caseworker in a private school for delinquent 
boys. Chris Eng is a research assistant to a 
gastroenterologist at the Yale Medical 
School. She is living in West Haven and on 
occasion travels to U. Va. In Waterbury. 
Creigh Casey is acing both an MBA 
program and a finance degree program while 
working as an administrative assistant- 
management trainee at a savings and loan 
company. Creigh has seen Jane Lucas in 
Pennsylvania and Judy Buttrick in New 
Hampshire. Taffy Kuhns is writing guide 
books and newsletters for the Bicentennial 
Commission in Cambridge. 

Betsy Thayer temporarily moved back 
to Michigan this winter after living in San 
Francisco with Chris Sherwood for the past 
year and working as a research assistant 
for an advertising agency. Jane Lucas is at 
Drexel U. (in Philadelphia) taking graduate 
courses in interior design and managed to 
vacation in Florida for three weeks this 
spring. Jean Piatt, who is the manager in 
her father's pro golf shop in Telvose, Pa., 
is even playing in some local tournaments. 
Debbie DLxon Bolton, now certified as a 
medical technologist, is the head of the 
microbiology department at the East Liver- 
pool City Hospital in Ohio. She teaches 
clinical laboratory assistants, and Stephen 
practices trial law. After going to Jamaica 
for her honeymoon, Chris Hegarty Savage 
is working at the University Hospitals of 
Cleveland in the hematology lab. now that 
she has completed a one year internship in 
medical technology. Her husband Pat is 
an English teacher, marshall. and swimming 
coach at an academy. Lucy Dennington is 
in Memphis going through comps this spring 
with the intention of obtaining her MA in 
Music. Kathy Thilking is in a Master of 
Social Work program at Washington U. in 
St. Louis. Her last semester she is doing a 
social work practicum in a clinic in Aber- 
deen. Scotland. 

At UNC in Chapel Hill, Lisa Montgomery 
completed a master's program in December 
and is now working on a Ph.D. in French. 
Virginia Conley (who is finishing a MA pro- 
gram in French at UNC) and Lisa spent a 
great summer '74 in France and Italy. Living 
right on the water in Morehead City. N. C, 
are Harriet Broughiun Gruber and her 
husband Gary, who is a news director for 
the local radio station. Harriet is busy sub- 
stitute teaching. 

In Columbia. S. C, Jan Merritt Pratt- 
Thomas is back in school taking under- 
graduate English courses at USC to qualify 
for the master's program in the fall. Doug 
Pratt-Thomas is in law school. Carol Anne 
Provence Gallivan's husband is also in 
law school at USC, while Carol Anne is 
working with the Historic Columbia Foun- 
dation as an assistant director. Susan Craig. 
Robin Harmon, and Carter Heyward Morris 
are all working in the same bank: Robin 
works in the art department, and Carter 
and Susan work in the marketing division. 

Jane McFaddin, in her second year at USC 
Law School, was elected associate justice 
of the first national governing board of 
the Moot Court Association. In her free 
time, Jane researches environmental law 
cases for a firm in Columbia. She spent the 
summer of '74 at Exeter University (Eng- 
land) with the William and Mary law school 
summer program and even squeezed in a 
little touring. Joyce Cameron Harder and 
Howard live in Charlestoii, S. C. where 
Howard is in graduate school in marine 
biology. Joyce commutes sixty miles a day 
to the town of Summerville, where she 
teaches at a small private school. 

Elaine Hughey Barnes is living in Birming- 
ham, where she is an irregular post-grad 
at the University of Alabama, heading 
towards a med. tech. program. Her husband 
Mac is in medical school. 

In Atlanta for the past year, Alison Baker 
has been working in the creative depart- 
ment of an advertising agency. She and 
Abby Allen did share a lovely restored house 
until Abby left last October to break, train, 
race, and eventually sell thoroughbred 
horses. In March. Abby was living and work- 
ing on a plantation in Louisiana with plans 
for returning to Atlanta. While Andrea 
Niles is working on her MA in French and 
teaching French at Emory U.. she also acts 
as a dorm counselor at Westminster. Pam 
Van Tassil transferred to Emory in her 
sophomore year. Summer '73 she was in 
Arizona excavating a room in an Indian 
pueblo. That September she returned to 
Emory to work as a technician in the pul- 
monary function lab in the University Hos- 
pital. Diane Leslie is selling insurance to 
Delta employees and is living with Lisa 
Marshall, who is employed in a specialist 
sportswear store, and Emily Garth, who 
works in a law firm. Lee Brennan Kidd and 
Kevin spent two weeks in Europe last Octo- 
ber. Jennifer Siockwell Ferguson and Daniel 
(who is in medical school) are living in 
Augusta. Ga.. after being married in Mon- 
terey, Mexico, with Lee Addison as maid of 
honor and Carter Heyward Morris and 
Robin Harmon as bridesmaids. 

In Florida, Jeanne Schaefer Bingham 
lives in Gainesville, where Rack is a second 
year law student. Char Read is in Tallahas- 
see at FSU working on her Ph.D. in marine 
biology. Char spends summers in Woods 
Hole, Mass. at the marine biological lab 
and spends winters in Florida. Susie Kirby 
is in the pharmacy school at Florida A&M. 
Sue Rockwell is living in Tampa and work- 
ing in a doctor's office. Mary Anne Osborn 
is back in Jacksonville and doing graduate 
work at the U. of North Florida in coun- 
seling psychology, after completing her 
undergraduate studies at FSU and spending 
last summer in Louisville. Cathy Towers 
Hardage is teaching in Miami while her 
husband is in medical school. Also in Miami 
is Rita Anselmo. working for the Dade 
County HUD doing research and working 
on her MBA at Florida International U. 

Linda Moscato is in her second year at 
John Marshall Law School in Chicago. 
Diane Dale has been working for the past 
year at Lord and Taylor where she is a man- 
ager. Diane was chosen the 74-75 Chicago 
Ski Queen with trips to Canada, Colorado, 
and Vermont doing public appearances and 
radio interviews. Diane really wishes she 
could ski! After spending last summer in 
Europe vacationing in Rumania, Bulgaria. 

and the U.S.S.R.. Trisha Gilhooly O'Neill 
is living in Chicago with her husband Mike, 
who is working in the international division 
of a bank. Living in Europe is in their near 
future. Jan Keith received her MA in music 
history and literature from Northwestern 
the spring of "74 and has been continuing 
her studies in a Ph.D. program in musico- 
logy. Cindy Bekins lives in Omaha and is 
the only female executive in her council of 
the Boy Scouts of America — she's one of 
thirty women executives across the countrj'. 
When Cindy was' back east at training ses- 
sions she saw Candy Sheffield and Melinda 
Williams. Chris Mendel Rogers is working 
at the Enid (Okla.) Chamber of Commerce, 
while John is as instructor pilot at Vance 
AFB. In Oklahoma City is Alice Mclnnis 
who just finished her first year of medical 
school at the U. of Oklahoma. Cathy Conner 
is living in St. Louis and working as an ad- 
vertising assistant. 

Betsie Meric Gambel is team-teaching a 
language arts program (which she co-spon- 
sored last year) at Sacred Heart in New 
Orleans. Bets is also co-moderator of the 
prep newspaper and teacher of a modelling 
class for seventh graders. Greg Gambel 
will continue his trial practice when he be- 
comes Assistant District Attorney in Jer- 
ferson Parish. Fall 74, Betsie met Ann Evans 
and Magee Leigh in Atlanta. On a recent 
trip there she saw Charlotte Battle and 

Lee Brennan Kidd. Ann Evans is living in 
New Orleans, as are Linda Lipscomb and 
Carey Davis, who are neighbors to Gypsie 
Bear Van Antwerp. Gypsie and Tom are 
both in graduate school. Carey Davis and 
Debbie Ziegler are in the same class at 
Tulane Law School. Also in law school is 
Terry Christovich Gay who met Charley 
there. Dessa Rutter is working on her 
teacher's certificate in New Orleans. Julie 
Johnson Evans is living in Ft. Polk, La. 

Over on the west coast, Mary Danford 
and her husband Michael, who teaches 
high school, live in Washington, where Mary 
waitressed last summer and is now working 
as an interviewer for the state government 
on the Quinault Indian • Reservation. Nora 
Murray is currently a radio announcer for 
a rock AM station and an automated FM 
country station in Bend, Ore. Susie Shoul- 
ders is back home working in Oregon after 
driving across country last August. After 
completing her MA in Library Science at 
the University of Hawaii in August, Lisa 
Fowler (my ex-roomie) moved in Octo- 
ber to Los Angeles, where she works as 
the law librarian in a fantastic law firm in 
Century City. Lisa has been doing lots of 
skiing and exploring of California. 

Switching to our international represen- 
tatives, Mary Caven graduated from St 
Andrews in July '74 with an M.A. in Modern 
History and is now getting teaching credits 

at the University of London. Betsy Oakley 
Smith and Smitty sailed for England on 
the Queen Elizabeth II after their wedding 
and went on an eight-day tour of Leningrad 
and Moscow before returning to the States 
for Christmas. In Oxford Smitty is studying, 
and at first Betsy was working as a research 
assistant for a sociological/psychological 
project. Betsy is now a research-assistant 
for the Oxford University Department of 
Education. Dede Conley is in the Peace 
Corps teaching English to seventh graders 
in Tunisia, North Africa. Alleta Bredin 
graduated from the university in Canberra, 
Australia, and now lives in New Guinea. 
Jane Potts, who skiied with Debbie Ziegler 
for a couple of months in Val d'Isere last 
year, is presently sailing half-way around 
the world: she left Taiwan in September 
and in April she was in Ceylon. 

Patricia Wood lives in Somerset, N. J., 
and is a computer analyst with Chubb and 
Sons, an insurance company. 

For four months last year I was the audio- 
visual technician and research assistant for 
the Department of Psychiatry at the Uni- 
versity of Hawaii. I drove from San Francisco 
up the coast to Seattle, dropped in on the 
World's Fair in Spokane and then went to 
Montana for a week before beginning a 
Masters in Public Health program at the , 
University of Hawaii last fall. m 

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Photography Award 

Martha von Briesen '31 retired this past 
May. In her honor, the Executive Board of 
the Alumnae Association has established 
the Martha von Briesen Prize for outstand- 
ing work in photography, the Award to be 
announced each year at commencement. 
The year 1972 was Martha's 30th year as 
Sweet Briar's Director of Public Relations. 
At the '72 Council, the alumnae president, 
recognizing Martha, said in part, "Everyone 
who has known Martha during her years 
at Sweet Briar knows that she lives by certain 
standards; these precious standards include 
integrity, principle, honesty, conscientious 
hard work, sincere concern for the welfare 
of the College and loyalty to Sweet Briar. As 
we know, Martha has a mind of her own! 
Sometimes it is hard for us to persuade her 
to change her mind because she always 
sticks to what she believes in. She has a 
determined spirit and an understanding 
heart that has reached out and captured 
many many friends among our students and 
faculty and alumnae ..." 

Alumnae Club News 

The New York Club and the Washington 
& Lee Club sponsored a joint program (a 
wine tasking event) in NYC in February. 
Our NY alumnae netted about $450 and 
110 SB alumnae attended. The NY Club 
has raised its annual scholarship from $1,500 
to $2,000. The Club is now working on its 
second endowed scholarship. 

Boston, with Katie Wood Qark as bulb 
chairman, does "a fantastic job" and ranks 
among the top five clubs in bulb sales. In 
1974-75, Boston sent $3700 to the College. 

Rochester alumnae have added over 
$1,100 to its endowed scholarship fund 
. . . Northern New Jersey just completed a 
$10,000 endowed scholarship and is offering 
a $500 annual scholarship . . . Philadelphia 
hopes to make $10,000 in bulb sales this 
year . . . Amherst County, Charlottesville, 
Lynchburg, Richmond, Roanoke Oubs 
gave splendid assistance to the April Auc- 
tion on campus . . . Atlanta donated nearly 
$3,000 from bulb sales to its endowed 
scholarship . . . The Washington, D. C, 


Club with its three endowed scholarships 
has provided some $130,000 in scholarship 
funds, over the years. 

Lexington, Kentucky, is a new club, 
"moving slowly but with incredible en- 
thusiasm." The St. Louis club continues 
to increase its bulb sales. St. Louis. Cin- 
cinnati and Louisville and Indianapolis all 
have endowed scholarships. 

Two New Scholarships 

Our Sweet Briar alumnae have initiated 
the establishment of two new scholarships: 
the Jane C. Belcher Scholarship and the 
Lysbeth W. Muncy Scholarship. An alumna 
of the class of '66 writes. "Lysbeth Muncy 
has been a friend, a teacher and a colleague 
to many of us. Please join me in an affort 
to give adequate recognition to the many 
years she has given to us and to the College." 

An alumna of the class of '52 writes, 
"After 35 years it is hard to imagine Sweet 
Briar College without Jane Belcher! Be- 
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by mail. Please consider us your personal 
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Sweet Briar merchandise. We are here to 
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Champagne or Wine glass $2.25 8.'$16.50 

High Ball 51.35 8. '510.00 

Old Fashion $1.15 8/58.50 

Jefferson Cup IPevrter) $7.95 

Dinner Plate (S.B. House in gm.) $7.50 

Sweet Briar Armchair (Blk. w.'cherry arms) $72.00 

Sweet Briar Station print (white/ green mat. framed) $19 

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cause of her contributions to the College 
and to her profession, and because of our 
love and respect for her as friend and teacher 
we. her former students, would like to honor 
her ..." 

Third Generation Alumnae 

In the 1975 graduating class were twi 
students whose mothers and grandmothers 
are Sweet Briar alumnae. Elizabeth Durrell 
Whitley of Birmingham, Michigan, is the 
daughter of Ann Marshall Whitley. '47, and 
granddaughter of Edith Durrell Marshall 
'21 of Cincinnati. 

Carroll Nelson Curtis of Norfolk. Virginia, 
who was graduated magna cum laude, is the 
daughter of Frances Gardner Curtis '47, and 
the granddaughter of Cornelia Carroll 
Gardner '18 of North. Virginia. 

Phi Betes from class of '75 

Seniors elected to Theta of Virginia 
Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa in February. 
1975 were: Joanna Arias, Penelope Czarra, 
Helen Hodges, Karin Lindgren, Mai Al- 
guyen, Kathy Orr, Devanne Passarello, 
Carol Porter, Terry Starke, Sarah Ruble, 
Susan West and Linda Wheeler. 

On to Washington 

Four SBC students have been accepted at 
American University's Washington semester 
program for the fall of 1975. The students 
are: Cheryl Lux, who plans research on strip 
mining in Montana and Wyoming: Kristi 
Karpinski plans research on government in- 
volvement in Bicentennial programs: Joan 
Pietrucha is accepted in the Economic 
Policy Semester; and Helen Milner also has 
been placed in the Economic Policy semester 
with plans for research in the social security 

Sing Again, Sweet Tones 


On the weekend of April 11. 1975, Sweet 
Tones "of all ages" returned to Sweet Briar 
for a very special reunion. All alumnae Tones 
were invited to spend the weekend on cam- 
pus, and sixteen from the classes of 1967- 
1974 joined voices with the present Sweet 
Tones for two days of good talks, good times, 
and good tunes. 

After a get-together dinner Friday night, 
the former Tones were treated to an informal 
concert by the 1974-1975 group. Proving 
"once a Sweet Tone, always a Sweet Tone." 
the alums joined right in. picking up new 
songs and very ably reminiscing through old 
and familiar tunes. 

Saturday was the day for hard-core rehears- 


als in preparation for the reunion concert 
held in Grammer Commons that night. The 
alums and the students sang many old fav- 
orites together, filling the Grammer stage 
to more-than-capacity. Individual groups 
from 1970. 1972, 1974 and 1975 sang songs 
particular to their years, and highlights of 
the evening seemed to be solos "re-released" 
by several alums. Noting that "you can bring 
us back but you can't stop us singing." more 
songs followed the concert at an informal 
party in the Garden Cottage. 

The Alumnae agreed that the weekend 
was a real success in that so many old 
friendships were renewed and new ones 
formed on the basis of the common experi- 
ence of having been a Sweet Tone. One 

alumna summed up the feeling by saying; 
"In addition to all the new friends and nice 
sounds made and the beauty of springtime 
at Sweet Briar, I became aware that there 
are only a precious few times in life when 
one can truly capture and re-experience a 
moment of the past. Because we had music 
to share and work to do together, we 'alums' 
were able to be students again for a few 
hours, and the impact on all of us was good 
and strong." 

Editor's Note: Marilyn Moran '76 sings 
first soprano in the Sweet Tones. An English 
major at Sweet Briar, she also serves as 
feature Editor of the Sweet Briar News, is a 
member of the Sweet Briar Singers, does 
publicity for the Career Counseling Office. A 





Director of Financial Aid 

and Career Counseling 

1975: The International Woman's Year. For Sweet 
Briar alumnae, a year for women is no great surprise. 
We have matriculated and graduated involved, achieve- 
ment-oriented women since the College was founded. 
From the state Attorney General's office to the tele- 
vision stage, from the hospital's operating theater to 
the diplomat's residence to the suburban home with 
two children, three dogs and a staggering commitment 
to community involvement. Sweet Briar women have 
been in the mainstream for 75 years. 

But, the spotlight now turned on all women illumi- 
nates several areas have not been previously investi- 
gated. How did you get there, we now ask the surgeon? 
Where were you supported and encouraged in your 
pursuit of your dramatic career? Did your College 
actively assist you in your career planning, or did you 
stumble into your life's work aided only by the belief 
that you could do something because you had done 
so much in college? 

Emerging career awareness is a fact among our en- 
tering students. Almost daily, the Admission Office 
must respond to high school juniors who ask about 
preparation for law school. Young women today are 
serious about their education and where it will lead 
them, and those who choose a woman's college seem to 
be saying, "I want a chance to be involved, to take 
charge, to learn if I can be a leader — because that is 
what I will be doing when I leave college." More aware 
of her need to do something than her older sisters, 
today's Sweet Briar student often flounders for lack of 
adequate information and direction. She demands that 
we take her seriously, while at the same time she asks 
us what she can really do. 

Hence, in this Year of the Woman, a strong career 
counseling program is needed at Sweet Briar to offer 
support and direction to our students who are seeking 
new paths and new life styles when they graduate. Our 
program must demonstrate to our students the breadth 
of career choice available to them with a liberal arts 
foundation. Sweet Briar alumnae have never been re- 
stricted by narrow specialization; their education has 
exposed them to a wide range of ideas, to critical and 
analytic problem-solving, and tothe joy of living which 
a liberal education affords. They have always been able 
to enter many career fields, if they have planned early. 

Striding through Fletcher arcade, Karen 
Hartnett is literally on her way! 

And here is the crux of the problem facing our students 
today. Too many refuse to confront their vague career 
aspirations early enough in their college lives to plan 
wisely for their future lives. Sweet Briar can prepare 
its students for today's job market, but only if the stu- 
dent recognize the need for planning ahead. 

This is the challenge which confronts the new Career 
Counseling Office: to assist students in their first and 
second years to identify possible career directions and 
to provide them with sufficient information on pre- 
paration necessary to enter those fields. We seek not to 
advise the student for her first job, but for the life style 
she may want for the next 30 years. Her four years at 
Sweet Briar should not be an isolated segment of her 
life; her education should be an integral part of her 
personal and professional life for years to come. And 
it can be, with foresight and planning. 

Armed with this philosophical approach, the Career 
Counseling Program is redirecting its efforts in several 
ways. We seek to be a part of the freshman students' 
initial encounter with the College. During the first 
week's Orientation Program, we introduce ourselves to 
the entering student as a natural integral part of her 
college experience. We will continue this introduction 
through the first part of the year via dorm meetings 


Janie Reeb '74 tjipifles the recent gradu- 
ate as she expends shoe leather "in 
search of employment," though in reality 
she is a Counselor in the Admission Of- 

with first- and second-year students; these discussion 
sessions will be unstructured, and consideration of post- 
college plans will be the focus — not what are you doing 
after college, but have you thought about it? 

As she considers career alternatives one of the biggest 
problems a woman student today has is simply iden- 
tifying what those options are. To fill this information 
gap for our students, the Career Counseling Office has 
collected an impressive library of career information. 
We have reorganized its display, and we will launch an 
active campaign this fall to acquaint students with the 
diversity of printed information available in the library. 
Supplementing the printed material is the Career 
Speakers Series which brings persons from various 
fields to the campus to describe their work. Implicit in 
the speakers' presentations is that women have wide- 
ranging opportunities opening to them, and we hope to 
widen students' perspective through exposure to many 
different career choices. The speakers will also suggest 
preparations needed for their fields, including course 
work, college activities and summer work experience. 

We are particularly conscious of the need to com- 
municate with persons in career fields which women are 
just beginning to enter. For example, business is more 
receptive to women than ever before, but companies 
seek and hire applicants with particular backgrounds. 
I visited six companies in New York City last spring 
to question representatives on how they would advise 
our students to prepare for careers in banking, insur- 
ance, the media, an oil company and the like. I found 
genuine concern among business people to support and 
encourage our women students, and their universal 
comment was to begin early. Certain skills are needed 
to enter certain fields, but our students can acquire 
many of those skills if they plan ahead. Our outreach to 
the business community will continue as we seek better 
ways to gather pertinent information for our students. 

and we will be seeing persons in government, education, 
the arts and other fields as well. 

Large scale programs on campus are another vehicle 
of bringing the message of career awareness to our stu- 
dents. During 1974-75, we conducted two extrava- 
ganzas. Our November program featured six talented 
women from career fields our students may not have 
considered in the past: a college chaplain, a marketing 
manager, a lawyer, a banker, a personnel manager 
and a high school administrator. Titled "Yes, You 
Can," the program emphasized the point that students 
today can enter interesting and exciting careers direct- 
ly from college. Our panelists and our key-note speaker, 
Gail Parker, President of Bennington College, were all 
under 35 and they were successful. This fact had enor- 
mous impact on the students, and we brought more 
than 250 people into the day's activities which included 
class attendance by the panelists, coffee hours, 
chatauqua, two panels and several meals. It was a busy 

Our second program picked up the practical aspect 
of job search and was called "How You Can." Three 
business representatives conducted a seminar on job- 
finding skills, including personal evaluation, resume 
writing, interview techniques and the like. Students 
could do a practice interview, which was valuable ex- 
perience for some. Upperclass students, faced with im- 
minent job hunting, responded well to this program, 
although a number of perceptive sophomores joined 
the audience, too. 

Job placement is naturally a large part of our work. 
Yet I feel that the counseling aspect of the program 
must precede any placement efforts. Without sufficient 
self-knowledge, the student will not know what she has 
to offer a potential employer. And without adequate 
information about the range of opportunities available 
to her, she can not make her career decisions wisely. 


The Interview: The prospective employer 
is here exemplifled by Mrs. Nancy B. 
Pollok, Vice-President and Senior Trust 
Officer of Fidelity National Bank. 

Hence our emphasis is on career counseling and infor- 
mation sharing, and placement becomes a very natural 
outgrowth of these activities. 

Each year we welcome a substantial number of re- 
cruiters to the campus from graduate schools, business, 
government and education. This year, we saw a large 
number of professional schools (business and law) and 
an astonishing number of banks. The students inter- 
viewed seriously and well with these representatives, 
and the recruiters" schedules were filled almost as soon 
as a visit was announced. We have indications that our 
recruiting schedule for 1975-76 will increase, which is 
especially encouraging in these strained economic 
times. The recruiters provide a valuable source of em- 
ployment opportunities for our students, but beyond 
that they have given our women encouragement and 
support. Even those who did not interview, I believe, 
felt the impact to some extent which these representa- 
tives generated by their presence on campus. We pub- 
licized the visits, of course, and the publicity had im- 
pact. Student attitude toward the recruitment process 
seemed remarkably buoyed, especially in the limited 
job market. 

Beyond campus recruitment, we assisted many stu- 
dents with their personal job searches. The job fmding 
workshop offered impetus; countless individual coun- 
seling sessions further assisted students. In personal 
contact. I sought to challenge and motivate the stu- 
dents, to urge them to seek the best in themselves and 
to use it. These individual sessions will remain an im- 
portant part of the program, and will be augmented 
next year by group sessions as well. 

We have accomplished much in the first year of our 
new Career Counseling Program, and much still lies 
ahead of us. For example, we are seeking better co- 
ordination with the faculty and the academic advising 
system. We offer support of the liberal arts tradition. 

We educate the whole woman, and we must have care 
for her post-college life as well as for the four years she 
spends with us. Thus, we hope to provide input to the 
academic advisers on suggested preparations for various 
career paths. Simultaneously, we will solicit much more 
faculty advice for the program. A careful survey of 
all departments will be conducted in the fall to ascer- 
tain what kinds of careers the faculty see their students 
prepared to enter; we hope to answer quite directly 
the freshman question, "But, what can I do with an 
English major?" We will also request faculty sugges- 
tions for programs, speakers and general approaches. 

Similarly, we turn to you. Sweet Briar alumnae, for 
support of Career Counseling. The Washington, D.C., 
Alumnae Club has reorganized its Placement Com- 
mittee under the direction of Frances Robb, Qass of 
1948. The Committee is composed of women in the 
area who responded to a questionnaire mailed to all 
Club members. These women, and their husbands, will 
meet with recent graduates who are interested in work- 
ing in their field in the D. C. area; the alumnae will 
discuss their jobs, offer suggestions on effective job 
research and, where possible, share leads on openings. 
We hope to initiate similar advisory committees in 
other metropolitan areas and hope that you will be able 
to help. 

It is significant that the International Woman's Year 
coincides with Sweet Briar's 75th anniversary. We have 
come a long way since the College's founding, and we 
have uncharted realms yet to discover, both as a Col- 
lege and as women. We can be proud of our history 
and can point with pride to countless alumnae who 
have succeeded in their chosen fields. Career counsel- 
ing deals with our future, as a College and as women 
who have ever widening opportunities to explore. 



Dr. R. John Matthew: 1908-1975. 
His wife Helen and a son, John sur- 
vive. Mrs. Matthew is living on Waugh's 
Ferry Road, Sweet Briar. 

A Man of Integrity 

Alumnae and friends of the College learned 
earlier this year of the death of Dr. R.John Matthew. 
He died following a heart attack at his home 
at Sweet Briar. January 29, 1975. He was 67. 

Dr. Matthew came to Sweet Briar in 1 957 as 
Professor of French and Director of the Junior Year 
in France. He held both positions until his retire- 
ment in 1972. Before his appointment to the Sweet 
Briar faculty he was Professor of French at City 
College, New York, N. Y. 

A graduate of the University of New Hampshire, 
he held the doctorate de I'Universite de Clermont- 
Ferrand, France. He served as captain in the Air 
Corps, Military Intelligence, during World War II. 
From 1946 to 1951 he was secretary-general of the 
Federation of French Alliances in the USA and 
Canada and remained on the board of directors until 
his death. 

His capable directorship of the Junior Year in 
France remains an outstanding contribution to the 
College. "He kept the program going," a colleague 
said recently, "he maintained the standards, kept 
it financially viable, procured the best, absolutely 
the best professional help in Tours and Paris 
in a time when foreign study programs were 
in vogue and there was a plethora of them." 

His work was recognized by honors from the 
French. He was named Chevalier de I'Ordre des 
Palmes Academiques in 1960 by the French 
government and Chevalier de I'Ordre National du 
Merite in 1966. In 1973 the City of Paris awarded 
him a gold medal and in the accompanying 
commendation praised him for his "brilliant career 
as director of an American college which sends 
the largest number of students for a stay in France 

and Paris in particular." 

He was author of numerous articles and of 
Twenty-five Years on the Left Bank, an account of 
his experiences as Junior Year Director. Just 
before his death he had completed a monograph of 
the historical churches of Amherst County for the 
Amherst Bicentennial Committee. 

In a tribute written by Dr. Laura T. Buckham. 
Emeritus Professor of French, and Dr. Robert G. 
Marshall, Professor of French, read in a faculty 
meeting March 7. 1975. the colleagues said of him, 
in part, "Respected for his many and varied 
accomplishments and interests he was particularly 
held in esteem for his high sense of integrity and 
his warmth of character. He was vitally interested 
in people of all ages. His courteous manner was 
especially appreciated by the elderly. His generosity 
in helping needy students wishing to study abroad 
won their gratitude. His delight in children made 
him a special favorite with the very young. One 
recalls his seemingly inexhaustible supply of fancy 
key rings which he had always ready to hand out 
to wide-eyed boys and girls. TTie community was 
grateful for his contributions to civic projects such as 
the Amherst County Library, the Rotarians . . . 
The church benefited from his wisdom and deep- 
seated religious commitment ..." 

The memorial notes of Dr. Buckham and Dr. 
Marshall conclude, "The strong commitment he 
had to people, his warmheartedness, his integrity 
won for him many friends on two continents. 
Certainly the life at Sweet Briar College was enriched 
by the fifteen years John Matthew spent here, and 
it is a better place for having had the benefit of 
his presence." 


Dr. Gerhard Masur: 1901-1975. 

A Distinguished Historian 

Dr. Gerhard Masur, bom and educated in Ger- 
many, came to Sweet Briar in 1947 as visiting pro- 
fessor of history and remained to become professor 
of history and a favorite teacher of many genera- 
tions of students. 

He earned the Ph.D. degree summa cum laude 
from the University of Berlin, where he later 
taught for five years. Leaving Germany during the 
Hitler regime, he served as technical adviser to 
the Ministry of Education and chairman of the lan- 
guage department of the Escuela Normal Superior in 
Bogota, Colombia. 

Recognized as an international scholar. Dr. 
Masur published a number of books, including 5iwon 
Bolivar, a biography of the South American libera- 
tor; Prophets of Yesterday, an intellectual 
history of Europe from 1890 to 1914; Nationalism 
in Latin America: and Imperial Berlin. Mrs. Masur 
collaborated with her husband as editor of his 
publications in English. 

Dr. Masur was known as an excellent speaker, 
who could use his rich background of information 
to explain complicated political, historical and 
cultural situations with lucidity and wit. 

Dr. Masur left Sweet Briar in 1966 to accept 
appointment as visiting professor of history at 
the University of California at Berkeley. During 
his tenure on the two faculties, he was several 
times on leave of absence to continue his studies 
of European intellectual history of the twentieth 
century and to serve as visiting professor of his- 
tory at the Free University of Berlin. 

His wife. Helen, assistant professor of Eng- 
lish, eweWm^, of Randolph-Macon Woman's College, 
lives in Lynchburg. 

A Long-time Friend 

A true and long-time friend of the College. 
Dr. Dabney S. Lancaster died in Lexington, Virginia, 
March 11, 1975, after a long illness. 

Dabney Lancaster in 1937 was appointed by 
President Meta Glass to fill the post of executive 
secretary of Sweet Briar's Board of Overseers, in 
which capacity he served until 1941 when he was 
appointed state superintendent of public instruction. 
In 1946 he was elected president of Longwood 
College and served until his retirement in 1955. 

He was a member of the Board of Directors at 
Sweet Briar from 1943-1953 and twice held the 
position of vice-president, as well as serving as 
president of the Board from 1955-1956. 

Dr. Lancaster also served as the first chairman 
of the Council of Higher Education when it 
was founded in 1956. In 1969 he was cited by the 
'Virginia Social Science Association for his 
dedication to the improvement of education in 
Virginia during an extensive career of leadership 
in the State. 

A graduate of the University of Virginia, Dr. 
Lancaster received his M.S. from Virginia Polytechnic 
Institute and an honorary L.L.D. from the 
University of Richmond. He taught at St. Christopher's 
in Richmond, at VPI, and served as Dean of 
Men, University of Alabama. He published several 
works including "Vocational Education" and he 
contributed articles to the Virginia Journal of 
Education and the Southern Churchman. 

From The Story of Sweet Briar College we 
learn that it was Dabney Lancaster "who originated 
the plan for this professorship [the Carter Glass 
Chair of Government, the College's first endowed 
professorship] and who worked for two years to 
make it a reality." 

Dr. Lancaster is survived by his wife, the former 
Mary Taylor Crump of Mount Airy in Warsaw 
and by four daughters: Mrs. H. M. Pasco of 
Richmond, Mrs. William Washburn of Lexington, 
Mrs. Pierpont Buck of Fairfax and Mrs. Burk 
Johnston of Blacksburg. Three of the Lancasters' 
daughters and two granddaughters are graduates 
of Sweet Briar. 


the editor's 


[t is no news to any of us that Beverly Sills made 
her Metropolitan Opera debut this past April 
in Rossini's "Seige of Corinth." It may be news to 
some of us operaphiles that the Met is in financial 
trouble. Our American cultural organizations, 
our orchestras, opera houses, drama groups and 
museums are struggling for bare survival, according 
to Harold Schonberg in the April 27 New York 

Why in the world, you may ask, are you tackling 

Beverly Sills as Pamira in Act 11 of 
Rossini's "The Seige of Corinth." 

the Met's financial crisis when right here on 
campus we are trying to raise money to improve 
and enlarge our own Performing Arts Center? The 
answer is obvious: alumnae of liberal arts colleges 
are a special group. They appreciate and support the 
performing arts by serving on symphony boards, 
theatre, dance, art and opera boards all over the 
country. For example, at least three of our alumnae 
serve on the prestigious National Council of the 
Metropolitan Opera: ¥\o Cameron Atherton '46 of 


San Antonio, Florence Woelfel Elston '21 of Chicago, 
and Sarah Belk Gambrell '38 of New York City. 
Sarah, a member of Sweet Briar's Board of Directors, 
said in a recent phone talk with me, "I agree 
wholeheartedly that our Sweet Briar alumnae should 
support the Metropolitan Opera to the utmost. 
Give them some facts and figures." 

The fact is that the outlook for the future of 
the Metropolitan is cause for serious concern. 
News of the financial crisis has been reported 
throughout the European press. "I think the 
collapse of the Metropolitan Opera would be a 
shock to all who cherish our civilization's 
cultural heritage. It is the immediate future that is 
critical. Because of our serious economic 
condition, we have asked our employees to accept 
a 10 percent salary cut for 1975-76." 

Those statements were presented to a subcommittee 
of the House Appropriations Committee on May 15, 
1975, by the Executive Director of the Metropolitan 
Opera, Anthony A. Bliss. In his testimony, Mr. 
Bliss asked for an appropriation of $126 million 
for funding for the National Endowment for the 
Arts in fiscal year 1976. In 1974 and in 1975 
the National Endowment granted $500,000 to the 
Met, which represented two percent of its total 
annual budget. 

The operating budget for fiscal year ending 
July 31, 1974, was $24.6 million, leaving an opera- 
ting loss of $8.1 million. Contributions from all 
sources totalled $7.6 million. The 1974-75 operating 
budget is $27 million. The 1973-74 Annual Report 
of the Met predicted an operating deficit for 
74-75 fiacal year to be $9.7 million before con- 
tributions. Contributions account for 32% of the 
Met's income: box office, 55% of income; other 
income, 13%. 

It is the current Board's conviction that its 
budget must be brought into balance commencing 
no later than the 1975-76 season. 

In a nutshell, the Met has not solved the 
problem of increasing gift income rapidly enough 
to keep up with inflationary costs. The projected 
loss of the 1975 spring tour is $570,000; the 
$500,000 from the National Endowment for fiscal 
1975 will help to cover that loss. 

Three questions. Who listens to the Met? How 
are my contributions used? Why should I give my 
dollar or dollars? 

In the season which ended in April '75, the 90th 
season, 775,000 people heard and saw the 
Met at Lincoln Center. On its annual spring tours 
to Boston, Qeveland, Atlanta, Memphis, Dallas, 
Minneapolis, Detroit, and Washington, D.C., some 
200,000 attended the performances this year. On 
Saturday afternoons, from one to five million 
listened to the Met by live radio broadcasts, 
sponsored by Texaco. 

The Met broadcasts and tours have sparked 

interest in opera throughout the USA. There are now 
some 50 major opera companies and some 1,000 
smaller companies and workshops in our country. 
Last year these groups gave 6.700 performances to 
8 million people, increasing performing opportunities 
for singers, dancers, musicians, stage designers, 
costume designers, painters, craftsmen, etc. "The 
Met, I believe, takes much of the credit for this 
kind of activity," said Mr. Bliss. 

Through the Met's National Council's regional 
audition programs, more than 23,000 young singers 
since 1954 have been able to participate in auditions, 
a number of them reaching the stage of the Met. 
Both at the regional and semi-final levels, these 
young singers have received career counseling 
and coaching from the Met's musical staff. The 
auditions have helped launch the professional 
careers of hundreds of young American singers who 
now sing regularly with opera companies in America 
and in Europe. In the last year alone, past par- 
ticipants in the auditions programs have sung 
leading roles with all 50 major companies in the 
United States. 

The Opera National Council also underwrites 
the Central Opera Service or COS. Founded 21 
years ago, the COS is a national service group which 
assists opera companies and college workshops in 
this country. More than 1,000 performing groups 
in all 50 states as well as professionals in all 
opera phases rely on the reference and information 
service from the COS. Its quarterly Bulletins are 
available in most public and university libraries 
here and abroad. A special publication on career 
opportunities for singers is used by high school 
and college guidance counselors. 

The Opera Guild with a membership of 75.000 
publishes Opera News, sent to its members and to 
60 foreign countries, making it the most widely 
read magazine in its field. Through its education 
department, the Guild distributes to several 
thousands of schools and other opera companies a 
teaching program on operatic subjects. 

The Metropolitan Opera donates or loans its 
sets and costumes to other opera companies — from 
Toledo, Ohio, to New Jersey, from Miami to San 
Francisco — at no cost except for transportation. 
Recently twenty opera companies benefited from 
the Met's loan -donation program for sets and/or 

Our third question. Why do we ask you to help 
support America's oldest existing opera company? 

One plain answer may do. And it comes from 
John Donne: "... No man is an island, entire of 
itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a 
part of the main . . . any man's death diminishes me, 
because I am involved in mankind." 

Won't you please send your contribution to the 
Metropolitan Opera Association, Lincoln Center, 
New York. New York 10023. C.F.B. 


Consider this: 

When your lawyer drafts or revises your Will — 

A good CLAUSE for a good CAUSE . . . 

"I hereby give and bequeath to Sweet Briar College . ." 

Here are the latest reports of how it has been done by some of our college family: 

From the estate of Henrianne Cabell Early "13. a specific bequest of $10,000, named a partial re- 
mainderman for a deferred trust fund of $25,000 and designated recipient of 10% of the residuum 
of the estate. 

Henrianne's interest in church work, her hospitality and private benefactions occupied her 
life. Her many friends and connections in Washington and Lynchburg as well as those in the 
Sweet Briar family will applaud her thoughlfulness. 

From the estate of Emily Jeffrey Williams '24 (Mrs. John W. Jr.), a specific bequest of $10,000. 

Emily died April 11, 1975, soon after she had written to tell us she had a number of items 
for the Student Auction. While she was trying to sort out linens and china, she was taken to the 
hospital and never returned. Because she had listed the items she intended to give, the executors 
allowed them to be delivered. The linen napkins, tablecloths, antique turkey platter and plates, 
an original letter from Ulysses S. Grant to Abraham Lincoln and many other interesting items 
were bought with great delight by some of our alumnae attending the Auction. 

Her enthusiasm for Sweet Briar and the friends made here was evident throughout her life, 
and the tangible evidence of her faith will benefit the College for years to come. 

From the estate of Mary Ely Lyman a bequest of $6,168.44, representing the proceeds of a savings 
account initiated by "Mary Ely Lyman as Trustee for Sweet Briar College." 

A beautiful memorial service was held in the Sweet Briar Chapel with eulogies given by 
Marion Benedict Rollins, Eleanor Bosworth Shannon and Beverly R. Cosby of The Church of the 
Covenant in Lynchburg, to celebrate in thanksgiving her devotion and our privilege in having her 
as Dean of the College 1940-50, and as friend and supporter to the end of her life. 




From the estate of Elizabeth Franke Balls '13. who died April 11, 

1975, a specific bequest of 

"Bess" was the oldest of four sisters to attend Sweet Briar. She was the first alumna to attain 
the degree of Ph.D. (in chemistr.v at Columbia University.) She was the first alumna to be elected 
to the Sweet Briar Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and the first alumna representative on the Board 
of Overseers (1934-40). True to the women of her time, she sacrificed a promising career to parti- 
cipate in that of her husband, Arnold Kent Balls an enzymologist, who traveled to all parts of 
the world as a brilliant teacher and researcher. They had one son Kent F. Balls, who is a prac- 
ticing physician in Philadelphia. "The one particular interest she maintained throughout her 
life," writes her youngest sister, Eleanor Franke Crawford '32, of New Orleans, "was Sweet Briar 
College." She had provided for this bequest many years ago so that when her health failed and 
her affairs fell into other hands, her prevailing wish was already provided for. 




From the estate of Virginia Lazenby O'Hara 'A, who died in Dallas on April 16, 1975, 5.882% of 
the residuum is left to Sweet Briar "for the purchase of equipment in Dr. Connie M. Guion Science 
Building and in supplementing the salaries in the Science Department." 

The actual cash value of "Pep's" gift to the college is not known when this goes to press, but 
the net worth of her estate reflects not only the long-time popularity of Dr. Pepper but the growth 
of an investment portfolio started when her father, Robert Sherman Lazenby, a Chemist, invented 
the formula for the beverage and her husband, John B. O'Hara, spent his life merchandising 
the product. Their only son, Robert B. O'Hara, was killed in action in World War O. 

Her interest in and support of Sweet Briar goes back to the days of Miss Glass's Presidency. 
She was consistently a member of the Boxwood Circle. Except for Sweet Briar, her favorite char- 
ities were centered in Texas and included such institutions as The Dallas Public Library and 
Museum of Fine Arts, Southern Methodist University, The Children's Medical Center and South- 
western University in Georgetown and the University of Dallas. Just three weeks before her 
death she was awarded the Advancement of Science Medal by the University of Dallas. 

She had not visited the campus for some years, but she maintained a warm friendship with 
President Pannell and once wrote her: "I do feel sorry for you that you have to continually 'shake 
the bushes.' " We are deeply grateful that a few less bushes will have to be shaken on her ac- 

Julia S. de Coligny, 
Director of Estate Planning 
Sweet Briar College 
Sweet Briar, Virginia 24595 

Sweet Briar Alumnae Council 

October 16-18, 1975 

Thursday, October It 
1:30 -5:00 p.m. 

Council Sessions 

8:00 p.m. 

Mr. William Coffin 
Founders Day Speaker 

Friday, October 1 7 

9:00 a.m. through 
Saturdav. October 18 

Council Sessions continued 

Please note the above dates on your calendar and plan to be at 
Sweet Briar tor these beautiful fall days! 

The above schedule has been planned at the request of many young 
alumnae who have indicated that they can better attend at these 
times. A program of specific meetings and workshops will be sent 
in early fall. 

The following are members of the Alumnae Council and are urged 
to attend as many of the sessions as possible: Executive Board, 
former and current alumnae members of the Board of Overseers, 
Class Fund Agents, Boxwood Circle Chairman, Golden Stairs 
Chairman, Club Presidents, Key Alumnae, Alumnae Representatives, 
Class Reunion Chairmen. Bulb Chairmen, Deferred Giving 
Committee, Class Secretaries, the Senior Class President. 
Friends of the Library Council meetings will also be on campus on 
Thursday, October 16 starting at 2 p.m. 




Master flan, 1903, by Ralph Adams Cram 

"The property included, as it does today, extensive acreage of field 
and woodland against a background of mountains. From this ex- 
panse, the directors had only to select a site and an architectural de- 
sign that would blend buildings with the landscape and provide for 
a sweep of lawns. To draw up a master plan, they chose one of the 
nation's leading architects, Ralph Adams Cram, of Boston." 

— Martha von Briesen '31 

Sweet Briar College; Seven Decades 

Volume 46, Number 1, Fall 1975 
Editor: Catherine Fitzgerald Booker '47 
Managing Editor: Ann Morrison Reams '42 
Class Notes Editor: Carolyn Bates 

2 Letter to the Alumnae 
4 Calendar Begins 

17 Letters to the Editor 

18 Annual Fund Report 
22 Briar Patches 

24 Profiles 


The inner portion of the magazine, the pages edged 
with ink, can be removed so that you may hang the 
calendar portion on the wall. Just pull the inner part 
gently away from the outer and then push the staples 
back into holding position. 

Issued four times yearly: fall, winter, spring and summer, by 
Sweet Briar College. Second class postage paid at Sweet Briar. 
Virginia 24595. and at additional offices. Printed by J. P. Bell 
& Co.. Inc.. Lynchburg, Va. Send form 3579 to Sweet Briar Col- 
lege. Box E. Sweet Briar, Virginia 24595. 


Letter to the Alumnae 

Two bright statistical facts, not unrelated, provided pleasant brackets for the history of Sweet 
Briar's 69th Academic Year, 1974-75. We opened with the largest freshman class ever, which in 
turn produced an overall increase in the student body of some 3%; our budget finished the year "in 
the black," thereby preserving an unsullied record in this vital financial respect. 

The enrollment picture reflected what we hope seems to be a resurgence of public interest in. 
and appreciation of women's colleges. Confirmation of this trend was offered during the year by a 
further 10% increase in our applicants for September, 1975. The particular emphases and opportun- 
ities of these colleges are clearly beneficial for some students, much more so than some coeducation- 
al institutions. Such generalizations, however, remain subject to challenge. The task of our Admis- 
sions Office, the expanded staff of "young travelers," and the large number of Alumnae Represen- 
tatives who render invaluable aid in the recruitment process remains one of locating and attracting 
those individuals who will fully respond to the programs, the environment, and the character of 
Sweet Briar. Above all, good higher education must remain an individualized undertaking, not a 
mass or homogenized production. 

By the end of the year, our 75th Anniversary Campaign, scheduled for completion in Decem- 
ber of 1976, was approaching the $8-million mark. This substantial and encouraging progress to- 
ward the $10-million target has been made possible, first, by a general annual increase from $1- 
million to $2-million in giving from all sources for both operational and endowment purposes. The 
greatest benefit of the Anniversary Program will be derived if that level of increase can be main- 
tained. Many significant gifts and grants were received during the year, including the swimming 
pool challenge gift from Elizabeth and Charles Prothro, which if matched on a one-for-two basis, 
can provided $600,000 for this long-awaited project. The William R. Kenan, Jr., Charitable Trust 
and the Smith -Richardson Foundation awarded us generous grants for faculty development. For 
the renovation of Benedict we received gifts from the U. S. Steel Foundation, from the Kresge Foun- 
dation, and from the Department of Health, Education and Welfare to add to previous funding. The 
Davison-Foreman Foundation continued its generous support of our student aid program, and the 
Mobil Foundation supported our recently enlarged Career Counseling Office. The Virginia Foun- 
dation for Independent Colleges presented us with its 24th consecutive gift for annual operational 
support. Despite economic problems of the year this support from the business sector of Virginia 
reached a new peak, $84,777. All told, corporation and foundation gifts came to some $745,000. 
Government grants for student aid, eight different academic programs, science equipment and 
library books, and building renovations came to $456,000. 

At the same time, alumnae gifts for both current purposes and capital funds amounted to 
$528,000. It was clearly a year of thankfulness; with respect to voluntary support it was our second 
best year ever. 

Some of the specific results of the past two years of the Anniversary Campaign are these. We 
have reached a new low in dependence on student fees for our operational budget. We now stand 
at a figure of 63%. This brings the dual advantage of keeping those fees as low as possible, and 
making the budget less sensitive to small, momentary changes in enrollment. We increased the book 
value of endowed funds by 33%, up to $11,200,000. Finally, we have increased the total book value 
of the assets of the College by 24%, up to $28,600,000. 

Another important consequence was the addition of over half of our $1.3-million goal for addi- 
tional student aid funds. This came about in large measure from individual alumnae gifts and from 
creation of special scholarship funds honoring beloved faculty members. The steady increase in our 
student fees, the steady improvement in many public institutions, and recent economic pressures 
have all resulted in a greatly increased demand for our student grant, loan, and job funds — an in- 
crease measured both in amounts and in numbers. As a result we found that the percentage of our 
students being aided was decreasing. Since diversity in the student body remains an objective, we 
are working to reduce this trend. 

Curriculum development was greatly helped during the year in three multidisciplinary or inter- 
departmental areas: American Literature and History by a 1974 grant from the Babcock Founda- 
tion; and Environmental Studies and European Civilization by grants from the Office of Education 
and the National Endowment for the Humanities, respectively. The move toward this type of teach- 
ing method brought with it stresses on faculty time and concentration of effort. Other research re- 
vealed that student course choices, now quite voluntary, were becoming more concentrated and 
specialized. Hence the breadth once provided by an extensive list of distribution requirements was 
disappearing. Yet another evolving ingredient was the growth of off-campus internships, more "pre- 
professional" courses, more independent studies. These varied factors within the educational pro- 
gram led to the appointment of a review committee of the faculty, chaired by the Dean, to undertake 
the constantly necessary task of self-examination with a view to both institutional mission and opti- 
mal methods of achieving the stated goals. 

Exclusive of part-time additions or temporary replacements, six new faculty members joined 
Sweet Briar at the beginning of the year: an associate professor in sociology, assistant professors in 
modern language and art history, two instructors in physical education and one in sociology. 

The fact that we continue to add several new faculty members each year insures the addition of 
new insights, new areas of competence to an already strong group. To date, just over half the faculty 
members enjoy a tenured status, and this fact allows the turnover. At the same time, each year sees 
the departure of a few of the veterans who bring to the faculty the final and firmest measure of its 
strength. Last year we suffered three such losses: Mary Ann Lee, by death in September; Jane 
Belcher and Lysbeth Muncy by retirement in June. These and other departures meant that the de- 
partments of Anthropology/Sociology, Biology, English, History, and Modern Language are the ones 
in which the most notable change is occurring. An overview of the entire faculty for the year showed 
an imbalance of 39:30, men to women, among the regular members of the faculty, and a student: 
faculty ratio of 9.4:1. 

Several developments within the administrative ranks took place in 1974-75. Barbara Blair 
moved from part-time Assistant Dean of the College to full-time Dean, with Dorothy Jester, former 
Dean of Students, as her new Assistant Dean. The Division of Student Affairs was created, encom- 
passing student activities, the health services, dormitories, and counseling. The Office of Career 
Counseling was combined with the Office of Financial Aid and its staff expanded. The first change 
reflected the resignation of Dean Catherine Sims a year ago. The last two reflected new and impor- 
tant concerns of the student body: the responsibilities of self-governance and extracurricular life; 
and life after graduation. 

Finally, the renovation of the entire interior of Benedict Hall was commenced, a large and ex- 
pensive but vitally needed undertaking which will provide a wide range of excellent new classrooms 
and faculty offices in 1976. At the other end of campus life, the small Sweet Briar railroad station 
was moved intact from its location by the tracks to the campus near Guion Hall, the gift of the 
Southern Railway. Simultaneously it was transformed into a student coffee-house. 

Beneath all the specifics, what was learned? What was accomplished? The final answers to 
such questions will come late, if at all. But we did re-learn that the process of self-discovery by col- 
lege students preparing for a world characterized by today's increasing options for women, by to- 
day's increasing complexities of moral, social, economic, and global affairs demands individual 
rigorous efforts. These efforts can be furthered by dedicated assistance in an atmosphere of open 
curiosity, free discussion and debate, and useful experimentation. 

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"Not Easily Come By 

To the Editor: 

Looking over my Sweet Briar Alumnae 
Magazine I realized that Miss Muncy is re- 
tiring this year. She may not remember me — 
I was a student in her History 3-4 course in 
1963-64. but I remember her with special 
pleasure. It was an advanced section in 
which I was able to read original sources in 
excerpts from the Middle Ages onward. For 
me, it was a most stimulating way to learn 
history. I suspect that it was her course along 
with Mr. Masur's European Intellectual His- 
tory that pointed me toward my interest in 
philosophy, the history of philosophy in my 
early days as a graduate student. Leaving 
Sweet Briar I went to Tulane for two years 
as a graduate student in philosophy, trans- 
ferred to Johns Hopkins where I have com- 
pleted all requirements except the thesis for 
a Ph.D. 

I often think about Sweet Briar because 
for the past two years I have been teaching 
at a woman's college — Kirkland College, 
N.Y. Although I have not always had com- 
plimentary things to say about Sweet Briar 
(but not for reasons that had to do with the 
quality of faculty), I found myself comparing 
Kirkland and Sweet Briar, often to the detri- 
ment of Kirkland. a new college which pur- 
ports to be innovative in its educatio'hal 
aims. I've been something of a feminist and 
have felt it important to push my female stu- 
dents (I also teach students from Hamilton, 
the coordinate male college) to broaden their 
horizons for the future. I recall that Miss 
Muncy was always pushing me intellectually, 
something which I remember as a positive 
feature even though I may not always have 
like it at the time. 

I suspect that it was education in an in- 
stitution where I was exposed to extremely 
competent female faculty which encouraged 
me to continue in graduate school. I didn't 
realize while I was at Sweet Briar that wo- 
men were an anomaly in graduate depart- 
ments in philosophy .... But it is hard to 
find many female students in philosophy 
here, even harder in my special fields — 
philosophy of science and logic. 

Miss Muncy, I am sure, will receive many 
letters from former students like me who 
have benefited from being in her classes. 
Now that I myself am teaching, I realize that 
the sort of clear, well-organized, and stim- 
ulating classes that she taught are not easily 
come by. 

— Ade\e Laslie Kellman '67 
Qinton, New York 

More on the Met 

To the Editor: 

I am writing to thank you for your excel- 
lent article on the Metropolitan Opera in 
the summer Alumnae Magazine. As a mem- 
ber of the Metropolitan Opera National 
Council referred to in the article, I spend a 
great deal of time working in the Auditions 
Program as well as fund-raising and recruit- 
ing new members for the Council. Your ap- 
peal was very well stated, and I am sure that 
you have the appreciation of many friends 
of the Metropolitan. I have sent your article 
on to Alexander Saunderson, President of 
the National Coimcil. If you could send me 

Letters to the Editor S 

several extra copies of the article, I should 
like very much to share them. 

With many thanks and best wishes to the 
continued success of our Alumnae Magazine. 

— Douglas Dockery Porteous '62 
New Orleans, Louisiana 

To the Editor: 

Douglas Porteous has sent me a copy of 
the article which appeared in an issue of the 
Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine. As 
President of this organization, I do want to 
thank you very much for the excellent pre- 
sentation, not only of the Metropolitan 
Opera but of the National Council. 

During these difficult times the Metropoli- 
tan and its supportive organizations need all 
the help they can get. Your article has cer- 
tainly made a most meaningful contribution. 
With very many thanks. 

Alexander Saunderson, 

President, Metropolitan Opera 

National Council 

CoUegii Sweetbriarensis 

To the Editor: 

My brother-in-law Jeffrey Henderson, who 
teaches classics at Yale, was kind enough to 
translate my Latin diploma for me. I would 
like to share it with all Sweet Briar alumnae: 

''The Academic Senate of Sweet Briar Col- 
lege greets in the Lord all who shall read 
these presents: let it be known that the Pres- 
ident of the college has decorated Christina 
Lindner Hoefer with the title and rank of 
Bachelor of Liberal Arts and bestowed upon 
her full authority to enjoy the privileges, 
prerogatives, honors and insignia everywhere 
pertaining to this rank. 

"In witness thereof the public seal of the 
college and the signature of the President 
are affixed to this instrument. 

"Done at the academic precincts of the 
college in the year of our salvation. 18 May 

1975 " 

— Christina L. Hoefer '75 
Columbia. South Carolina 

To the Alumnae 
From the Editor: 

Some years ago Harvard (and presumably 
Radcliffe also) gave up Latin diplomas and 
put down the English words. Our SBC Latin 
diplomas are just grand, and heaven forbid 
that we ever copy Harvard in this matter. 

A friend who is a teacher of Latin trans- 
lated my SBC diploma. Here is her trans- 
lation, which differs a bit from the version 

by the gentleman from Yale: 

"The Academic Council of Sweet Briar 
College sends a greeting in the name of God 
to all by establishing this document. Let it 
be known that the President of the College 
has honored Catherine Ames Fitzgerald with 
the title and degree of Bachelor of Arts with 
the agreement of her respected and revered 
colleagues and has given to her further right 
to the enjoyment of this distinguished honor 
in any place wherever. 

"In testimony of this public document 
the seal of the College and the signature of 
the President have been affixed. Given at 
the academic temple of Sweet Briar College 
on the 4th day of June, 1947." 

Latin majors, wherever you are, take a 

look at your Sweet Briar diploma. Send us 

your translation. Who knows? We may find 

that Latin is not a dead language after all. 

— C.F.B. '47 

Dayton, Ohio 

To the Editor: 

At your request, I submit herewith yet 
another translation of a Sweet Briar College 
diploma, in this case one earned by Kathy 
Kavanagh '74: 

"The Faculty of Sweet Briar College, to all 
who shall read this document, greetings in 
the Lord: be it known that the President of 
the College, with the consent of his (her) 
esteemed and respected colleagues, has 
honored (NAME) with the title and degree 
of Bachelor of Liberal Arts and has granted 
to her the widest possible authority to enjoy 
fully anywhere in the world the privileges, 
freedom, honors, and distinctions which per- 
tain to the same degree. In witness whereof 
the official seal of the College and the signa- 
ture of the President are affixed to this 

Granted at Sweet Briar College; in the 
year of salvation on . . ." 

— Kenneth T. Wright, Chairman 
Greek and Latin Department 
Sweet Briar College 

The Library's Best Friends 

To the Editor: 

I want to thank you for publishing ray 
article [Some of My Best Friends Are Libra- 
ries — Summer, 1975] and for illustrating it 
so appropriately. I do regret, however, that 
through an oversight no mention was made 
of my most recent interest — ^the Friends of 
the Sweet Briar College Library, an organi- 
zation that has contributed almost S100.(X)0 
(Continued Overleaf) 


in the past ten years to meet library needs 
over and above what the college budget can 

As book prices skyrocket, support from 
the Friends will be increasingly necessary 
if we are to continue to provide students and 
faculty members with the best possible li- 
brary resources. I hope that many alumnae 
will want to join me as a Friend of the 
Library. Membership information can be ob- 

tained from the Development Office. 

Elizabeth Johnston Lipscomb '59 


Friends of the Sweet Briar 

College Library 

A Mystery Continues . . . 

To the Editor: 

That picture on page 39 of the winter 

Alumnae Magazine was our 1937 production 
of "Pride and Prejudice" and the "missing 
character," I am quite sure, was Helen Wil- 

— Marion 5row« Snider '38 
St. Petersburg, Fla. 



Recent Deaths 

Miss Celia Webb '12, AprU 12, 1975. 

Mrs. William Cartwright (Frances Simpson '21), 

May 1975, 
Mrs. Marjorie B. Cohee (Marjorie Bergen '22), 

May 1975, 
Mrs. Gloria P. Huntington (Gloria Frink '22), 

March 22, 1975. 
Mrs. Herman Nolen (Catherine Wilson '23), 

November 1974. 
Mrs. W. E. Wimpey (Gertrude Ingersoll '26), 

AprU 16, 1975. 
Mrs. Edward A. Henry (Evelyn Worthington '28), 

May 10, 1973. 
Mrs. Emile John Zimmer, Jr. (Virginia Torrence 

'28), August 1974. 
Mrs. James Stockton (Elizabeth Bryan '29), 

July 1,1975. 

Mrs. Joseph F. Trent (Elizabeth Ferguson '29), 

May 29, 1975. 
Mrs. John G. Prentiss (Dorothy Brett '33), 

May 16, 1975. 
Mrs. Edward White (Margaret Upton '36), 

September 22, 1974. 
Mrs. Robert S. Osborne (Catherine Ortel '39), 

April 27, 1975. 
Mrs. Seavy Highsmith, Jr. (Ann Dawson '40), 

July 6, 1975. 
Mrs. Carl Bigelow Drake, Jr. (Frances Boynton '42), 

August, 1975. 
Mrs. Robert F. Samson (Elsie McCarthy '43), 

July 22, 1975. 
Mrs. William M. Geer (Elizabeth D. Grayson '45), 

September 9, 1975. 
Mrs. Thomas Knapp (Nancy Chilton '56), 

April 15, 1975. 

The Sweet Briar Fund: July 1, 1974 - June 30, 1975 

Current Fund 

Capital Fund 




$ 6.152.19 

$ 267.714.12 

$ 273,866.31 

















Students. Faculty & Staff 





Special Friends Organizations 








Deferred Gifts 














Government Grant 





Gifts in Kind 




-Double Credits 











Alumnae Fund: July 1, 1974, through June 30, 1975 


Fund Agent 



















































































Van Derpoel 




































No. in class 







$ 10,660.00 


















































32 ' 































































































































































































(Continued Overleaf) 














Received in July 1974 but credited to 1973-74 

Grand Total 






































Central Ohio 









Long Island 





Northern New Jersey 

Peninsula Qub 







Southern California 







St. Louis 


(swimming pool) 

$ 1.000.00 



















$ 2.500.00 






Northern New Jersey 


St. Louis 





$ 250.00 
1. 100.00 

$ 6.244.63 



$ 900.00 







New York 


Northern New Jersey 






S41, 862.85 

Alumnae Fund Committee 

Mary LeeMcGinnis McClain '54. chairman 

Dolly Nicholson Tate '38 

Jane Roseberry Ewald '52 

Carolyn Scott Dillon '57 

Dale Hutter Harris '53 

Elizabeth Bond Wood '34 

Ann Morrison Reams '42 

Julia Sadler de Coligny '34 

Mark Whitlaker 


The Golden Stairs 

Golden Stairs Committee 

} Rosebeny Ewald '52 
Jean Gillespie Walker '54 

Each year alumnae who give from $250 
to $999 to Sweet Briar become members of 
the Golden Stairs. 

The Golden Stairs was established in 1968 
by the Fund Committee of the Alumnae 
Association. Nancy Hamel Clark '52 sen'ed 
as Chairman of the Golden Stairs from 
1968-1971. The Golden Stairs has contri- 
buted $366,217 to Sweet Briar. 

During 1974-75 the following members of 
the Golden Stairs contributed $43,306.29. 

Marion L. Peele Sp. 

Margaret Powj Williams Ac 

Ann Gary (Pannell) Taylor '10 Hon. 

Marion Yerkes Barlow ' 14 

Jane Gregory Marechal '15 

Anne Schutte Nolt '15 

Emmy Thomas Thomasson '15 

Margaret Banister '16 

Isabellufte Witt'19 

Caroline J. 5Aarp? Sanders '19 

Lucile Barrow Turner '20 

Gertrude Dally Massie '22 

Frederica Bernhard '24 

Emily 7e^rev Williams '24 

Frances A^aj/i Burgher '24 

Mary Stephens Henderson (deceased) 

Woodis Finch Hudson '25 

Dorothy //am/7to« Davis '26 

Tavenner //az/ewoorf Caldwell '26 

Helen Muischler Becker '26 

Lo\s Peterson Wilson '26 

Dorothea Reinburg Fuller '26 

Marjorie Shepherd '26 

Barbara Ware Smith '26 

Elizabeth Failing Bernhard '28 

Julie Thomas Burleigh '28 

BeWe Brockenbrough Hutchins '29 

KateT. Coe'29 

Anna Torian Owens '29 

Serena /life Stevens '30 

Mary Huntington Harrison '30 

Martha von Briesen '31 

Nancy H. Coe '31 

}ane Muhlberg Halverstadt '31 

Phoebe Rowe Peters '31 

Marcia Patterson '32 

Rose Beverley 5ear Burke '33 

Margaret Guppy Dickie '33 

Josephine Rucker Powell '33 

]eanette Shambaugh Stein '33 

Leila Van Leer Schwaab '33 

Elizabeth Bond Wood '34 

Elvira Cochrane McMillan '34 

Virginia Foster Gruen '34 

Ruth Meyers Pleasants '34 

Julia Sadler de Coligny '34 

Julia M. Peterkin '35 

Sarah Rick Putman '35 

Ellen Scattergood Zook '35 

Nancy Parsons Jones '36 

KatherineM/es Parker '36 

Margaret Cornwell Schmidt '37 

Rebecca Doug/oi Mapp '37 
E. Virginia Hardin '37 
Elizabeth Lee McPhail '37 
Mary Cobb Hulse '38 
Kitty Corbett Powell '38 
Kate 5u/6erger Levi '38 
Bettina Lee Bell Wyman '39 
Lucy Gordan Jeffers '39 
Katherine /f/eAerg Yarborough '39 
Mary Mackinstosh Sherer '39 
Gertrude Robertson Midlen '39 
Virginia Wellford Farwell '39 
B\a\T Bunting Both '40 
Anne Borough O'Conner '41 
Polly C/!iVfo« Phillips '42 
Elizabeth Hanger Lippincott '42 
Dorothy Malone Yates '42 
Irene Warren Mitchell Moore '42 
Edna Syska Peltier '42 
Esther /eH Holland '43 
Elizabeth J. Munce Weiss '43 
Anne iVovej Awtrey '43 
Nancy Pingree Drake '43 
Byrd Smith Hunter '43 
Fredda Turner Durham '43 
Mildred Brenizer Lucas '44 
Lucile Christmas Brewster '44 
Catherine Tift Porter '44 
Audrey Teal Betts '45 
Margaret7o«es Wyllie '45 
Julia Mills Jacobsen '45 
Rosemary Newby Mullen '45 
AWce'Eubank Burke '46 
Adeline/onei Voorhees '46 
Ariana7onei Wittke '46 
Barbara K. Warner '46 
Jean Olds '47 

Catharine Fitzgerald Booker '47 
Louise DeVore Towers '48 
Jane/o/m5o« Kent '48 
May Ae Ludington Henningsen '48 
iuWa Baldwin Waxter '49 
Catherine Saraerr Brown '49 
Catherine Cox Reynolds '49 
Nancy E. Lake '49 
Jean G. Taylor '49 
Diana Dent '50 
Carolyn Tynes Cowan '50 
Terry Faulkner Phillips '51 
Dorothy MarAi Herbruck '51 
Mary Bailey Izard '52 
Nancy Hamel Clark '52 
Anne7qvce Wyman '53 
Dale Hutter Harris '53 
Caroline Miller Ewing '53 
Louise Aubrey McFarland '54 
Frances Reese Peale '54 
Anne Sheffield Hale '54 
Rose Montgomery Johnston '56 
Nancy Salisbur\' Neill '56 
Nancy Godwin Baldwin '57 
Claire Cannon Christopher '58 
Lynn Crosby Gammill '58 
Caroline 5au/s Shaw '58 
Elizabeth Colwill Wiegers '59 
Alice Cary Farmer Brown '59 
Nona Jordan Fitzgerald '59 
Sara Finnegan Lycett '61 
Jocelyn Palmer Connors '62 
Jane Goodridge Schmitt '63 
Caroline Keller Gilliland '64 
Kate Massie Christian '64 
Sandra Hatten Hartwell '66 

Pearl Riggan Adamson '66 
Beverly Saiie» Kimmell '69 

4 Anonymous members 

Number of members: 131 

Golden Stairs gifts to the Alumnae Fund in 

1974-75: $29,401.86. 

Golden Stairs gifts to other college funds 

in 1974-75: $13,904.43. 

Total gifts to Sweet Briar from Golden 

Stairs members in 1974-75: $43,306.29. 

Totals above do not include gifts in kind 

and remainder value of gifts to the Pooled 

Income Fund. 

Gifts from a few of these members arrived 

too late to be added in the 1974-75 College 

accounts and thus do not appear in the 

totals above; however, they are credited to 

the 1974-75 Golden Stairs effort. 

Boxwood Circle 

Boxwood Circle Committee 

Dorothy Nicholson Tate '38, chairman 
Elizabeth Prescott Balch '28 
Gladys Wester Horton '30 
Mary Huntington Harrison '30 
inWei Halliburton Burnett '35 
Jacquelyn Strickland Dwelle '35 
RWen Snodgrass Park '37 
Nida Tomlin Watts '40 
Patricia Traugott Rouse '48 
Dale Hutter Harris '53 

Each year alumnae who give $1,000 or 
more to Sweet Briar become members of the 
Boxwood Circle. Initiated in 1960 by Nancy 
Dowd Burton '46, Fund Chairman, and 
organized by its first chairman, Gladys 
Wester Horton '30, the Boxwood Circle has 
contributed close to $2,625,100 to the College. 

During 1974-75 the following Boxwood 
Circle members contributed $345,958.41: 

Nenetta Burton Carter Ac 
Jessie Darrfe« Christian Sp 
Frances Murre// Rickards '10 
Eva Horner Butterworth '13 
Dorys McConnell Duberg ' 1 6 
Ruth Mcllravy Logan '17 
Catherine Mari/ia// Shuler '18 
Florence /"reeman Fowler '19 
Gertrude Pau/v Crawford '21 
Florence Woelfel Elston '21 
Muriel Fossum Pesek '25 
Rebecca /4iAcra/f Warren '26 
KatherineB/ounr Andersen '26 
Rebecca Manning Cutler '27 
Elise Mor/ev Fink '27 
Eleanor Branch Cornell '28 
Janet firuce Bailey '29 
Gladys Wester Horton '30 
Dorothy Ann Boyle Charles '31 
Evelyn D. Mullen '31 
Jessie Fisher Gordon '32 
(Continued Overleaf) 


The Boxwood Circle 


Theia Sherman Newlin '32 

Ellen Kelly Follin '33 

Elizabeth V. Moore '33 

Mary S. Moore Rowe '34 

iuViet Halliburton Burnett '35 

Elizabeth 7o/ini«on Clute '35 (deceased) 

Frances Morrison Ruddell '35 

Jacquelyn Strickland Dwelle '35 

Mary Whipple Clark '35 

Mary Virginia Camp Smith '36 

CMoe FrierAin Fort '36 

Margaret C. Huxley Dick '36 

EHzabeth Morton Montgomery '36 

Anne Thomson Smith '36 

Carrie Young Gilchrist '36 

Anne Lauman Bussey "37 

Elinor Ward Francis '37 

Katherine Gardner Stevenson '38 

Sarah Belk Gambrell '39 

Elizabeth Perkins Prothro '39 

Nida Tomlin Watts '40 

Martha Brooks Miller '41 

Betty Douf<'fr NeiU '41 

Louise Kirk Edwards '41 

Sarah Adams Bush '43 

Ann Schilling Mc/un/cm Briber '43 

Elizabeth Schmeisser Nelson '43 

Patricia Whilaker Waters '44 

Wyline Chapman Sayler '45 

iane McJunkin Huffman '45 

Flora Cameron Atherton '46 

Helen Murchison Lane '46 

Eleanor Bc«H'or//i Shannon '47 

Meredith C\ar\t. Slane Finch '47 

Ann Samford Upchurch '48 

^aW'j Fishhurn Fulton '52 

lant Ramsay Olmsted '52 

Jane Roseberry Ewald '52 

Midge CAace Powell '53 

Lynne Kerwin Byron '53 

Jean Gillespie Walker '54 

Mary Lee McGinnis McClain '54 

Catherine Cage Bruns '55 

Gay Reddig Mayl '55 

Elaine Schuster '58 

Sally Dobson Danforth '59 
Kay Prorhro Yeager '61 
Anne Allen Symonds '62 
Anne Ritchey Baruch '62 
Elvira McMillan Tate '65 
Greta Brown Peters '66 
Mary Haskell '66 
5 Anonymous members 

Number of members: 78 

Boxwood Circle gifts to the Alumnae Fund 

in 1974-75: $49,702.86. 

Boxwood Circle gifts to other college funds 

in 1974-75: $296,255.55. 

Total gifts to Sweet Briar from Boxwood 

Circle members in 1974-75: $345,958.41. 

Totals above do not include gifts in kind 

and remainder value of gifts to the Pooled 

Income Fund. 

Gifts from a few of these members arrived 

too late to be added in the 1974-75 College 

accounts and thus do not appear in the 

totals above; however, they are credited to 

the 1974-75 Boxwood Circle effort. 

church, and friends — even plays bridge. Her 
three children are married and have homes 
of their own. 


Fund Agent 

Frances Murrell Rickards (Mrs. Evering- 
ham), 7320 Glenroie Ave., Norfolk, VA 

Two members of the Class of 1910 re- 
turned for their 65th Reunion. Frances 
Murrell Rickards and Eugenia Griffin Bur- 
nett, the latter staying only for lunch on Fri- 
day. Eugenia still lives in Richmond, with 
daughter Judith Burnett Halsey '47 and 
family living nearby. Three other children 
and their families live in Pennsylvania, 
Florida and New Jersey. Granddaughter 
Mary Shaw Halsey (SBC '74 and Junior Year 
in France '73-'74) is now attending the Grad- 
uate School of Architecture at U.Va., along 
with older sister Judith Burnett Antell (Smith 
'71). Eugenia has nine other grandchildren. 

Nan Powell Hodges lives in a nursing 
home in Wytheville, VA; and Louise Hooper 
Ewell and Marjorie Couper Price live in 
nursing homes in Norfolk. 

Margaret Eaglesfield Bell, now in Florida, 
is a retired landscape architect and ASLA 
member. Her sister Carina Eaglesfield Mil- 
ligan AC is still a practicing architect in Con- 


Anne Gary (Pannell) Taylor, honorary '10, 
and her husband George, retired bishop of 
Easton, MD, live at Goodwin House in Alex- 
andria, VA. In June she attended the national 
biennial meeting of AAUW in Seattle and 
then enjoyed a visit from younger son Clif- 
ton, who was attending a Scholar-Diplomat 
Conference at the State Dept., his wife 
Laurie de Buys Pannell '64 and their four 
sons, one to 10 years old. 


Since her husband's death four years ago, 
Marjorie French Nevens has continued to live 
in her home near Remsen, NY. During the 
summer some of her four children, 11 grand- 
children or seven great-grandchildren are at 
their cottage nearby. In the winter she visits 
her children and spends some time in Cali- 
fornia or Florida. She keeps up with Sweet 
Briar news through her two alumnae daugh- 

Marion Yerkes Barlow, Bernardsville, 
NJ, stays busy keeping up with the birth- 
days of her six grandchildren and three 
great-grandchildren (a fourth is on the way). 

Addie Ennn Des Portes still lives in her 
Richmond home. She enjoys her club, 


Maylen Newby Pierce, having just sent a 
book of poems off to press, headed for a 
Lockett family reunion in Virginia and a visit 
in Blowing Rock, NC. Her son Staples and 
his wife have just returned from a trip to 
Europe, including a visit to their son Walter, 
who has a new home in England. Two of 
Maylen's granddaughters were married last 
year and another has just announced her 

Since retiring from teaching in the Norfolk 
City Schools. Grizzelle Thomson is living in 
Virginia Beach, where she enjoys swimming 
and beach life. She has living with her a 94- 
year old aunt, who requires nurses around 
the clock. 

Katharine Minor Montague and her hus- 
band are enjoying their new home in the 
Imperial Plaza in Richmond. Their grand- 
daughter Laura Montague is getting a degree 
in Education at U.Va. 

Virginia H. Ranson has lived in the same 
house on the Ohio River bank in Huntington 
for 59 years, but since her retirement from 
teaching in 1966 she and her sister have 
been able to do more winter traveling — ^last 
winter to Delray Beach, FL, and Nassau. 
Since her retirement from library work at 
Forrestal Research Center of Princeton U., 
Helen W. Manning, has taken up art again. 
Putting to use her training in the 1920's at 
the Pa. Academy of Fine Arts, she is doing 
watercolors and is having a one-man show 
in November at the Present Day Club at 
Princeton. She also grows primroses and 
wildflowers in her three-acre woods. An- 
other gardner. Elizabeth Pickett Mills shares 
her interest with her husband. Besides doing 

garden club work, she has written a weekly 
garden column for two small town news- 
papers for the last 20 years. The Millses plan 
a trip to Russia this fall with a group from 

Aline Morion Burt and her husband en- 
joy living in San Diego County and visiting 
places of interest in Southern California. 
Besides being active in church, DAR. and 
Colonial Dames XVII Century, Aline con- 
tinues her art-needlework and photography. 

Emily Jane Moon Spilman and her hus- 
band were looking forward to their 55th an- 
niversary in September. They celebrated 
early with a cruise around the world this 
spring, stopping to admire such beauties as 
Victoria Falls and the Taj Mahal. Their six 
children are scattered — ^two in Virginia, one 
in Indiana, one in North Carolina, one in 
Wisconsin, and the youngest, a missionary, 
in Lima, Peru. Of their 22 grandchildren, 
half have already graduated from college. 

Alice Miller Bly and husband Neil con- 
tinue to enjoy living in Westminster Village, 
a Presbyterian housing development in 
Muncie, IN. 

Martha Falk Shaffer and her husband re- 
turned from their Sun City, AZ, winter home 
to their colonial home in Wadsworth, OH, in 
time for spring flowers and garden vege- 
tables. They stay busy with civic activity, 
entertaining, and bridge. Son David is a 
periodentist, and son Robert, an engineer 
at Firestone. 

Trot Walker Neidlinger and Pudge cele- 
brated their 50th anniversary on June 24 with 
several family gatherings at Newfound Lake 
in New Hampshire. Gertrude Dally Massie 
joined them there for a luncheon on June 22. 

Katherine Shenehon Child, when sending 
in her 75th anniversary gift, sent good wishes 
for the celebration and greetings to her class- 
mates and all those at Sweet Briar. 



Marjorie H. Shepherd, Apt. 623, 2500 Wis- 
consin Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20007. 
Fund Agent 

Margavet Reinhold Mitchell (Mrs. Margaret 
R.), The Plaza, 1303 Delaware Ave., Wil- 
mington. DE 19806. 

Thank you all for your prompt response 
to my urgent appeal for news. 

My first reply was from my freshman- 
sophomore roommate Elizabeth Cobb Suther- 
land, who wants her classmates to know 
that she and Don have been married 47 years 
and that her son is not illegitimate, as I 
implied in the winter magazine! Make note. 

Anne Barren Allaire writes that she had 
a delightful visit with Mary E. Loughery 
Arthur in Charlotte on her way home from 
Florida in March — the fourth time they 
have been together in five years. 

Mart Bachman McCoy is thriving but "too 
fat" with too many dogs, cats and weeds. 
Marion Crane Paterson cannot attend our 
50th but wishes she could to renew old 

Kippy Van Cleve Van Wyck writes that 
George died suddenly on July 1, 1975. We 
are sorry, Kippy. 

Helen Finch Halford sent me a card de- 
picting Daisy's Garden at SBC, where she 
and Cecil had attended her sister Woodis' 
50th reunion. They subsequently visited the 
East Coast before returning to England. 
They are both planning to attend our 50th. 

Lib Rountree Kellerman also hopes to be 
present at our 50th. While here Lib will visit 
her son, daughter-in-law and two grand- 
children living in Stamford, CT. Her other 
son, his wife and two boys live near Lib and 
George in Honolulu: so Lib sees them often. 
George is still working and Lib keeps busy 
with civic, church and related activities. 

Betty Moore Rusk and Stan practically 
commute to Maine. While there in the 
spring, Betty caught a record-breaking 
square-tailed trout — 18'/2 inches long. And 
did they mount it? No, they ate it! 

Peg Krider Ivey writes that she had a 
heart incident followed by an infection which 
defies the medicos. However, she is improv- 
ing. Both sons and their families were ex- 
pected to visit in late summer. 

Frances Dunlop Heiskell says that, unlike 
her traveling classmates, she has never been 
farther west than White Sulphur Springs, 
WV. However, she and Jim will soon travel 
to Columbia, MO, to visit her niece, Frances 
is still a champion bulb seller and faithfully 
transports me to the local SB Club meetings, 
at one of which we recently saw Mrs. Anne 
G. Pannell Taylor who has moved to Alex- 

Kitty Blount Andersen reports that they 
escaped the severe storms and torrential 
rains in Florida earlier this year and are now 
home enjoying "wonderful Minnesota 
weather." She and Fred will forego their 
regular visit to their Lake Superior Island 
home this year and will consequently miss 
a chance to visit with Wanda Jensch Harris. 
Compensation will be a visit from Kitty's 
niece, her husband and three children and. 
an improved garden at Kitty's hand. The 
Andersens had three picnics in July — 150 
senior citizens. 70 Rotarians and 200 com- 
pany 25-year employees! 

Wanda herself writes that she spent six 
weeks in Florida where she saw Kitty. She 
also taught for the last six weeks of the 
school term, and had two "wonderful weeks" 
with Ruth Taylor Franklin '25. She spent 
part of the time with Ruth's son and daugh- 
ter-in-law Marie. Petty Malone McClements' 
daughter, in Sidney, OH. Wanda does some 
volunteer (remedial) work at Crossroads, a 
rehabilitation center. She hopes to see us at 
reunion and meanwhile, in view of her loss 
at our 45th, has made a donation to the SB 
library as a gift from our class. 

Dot Keller Iliff and Seward made a 
month's trip to Florida and the Caribbean 
earlier this year. They, too, saw Kitty Blount 
Andersen. There followed a holiday in Scotts- 
dale where they met with 10 of their WW 11 
friends. Dot and Seward celebrated their 
40th anniversary in Aspen where they rode 
a ski lift into the snow and decided they 
weren't young enough any more. Dot is 
working on an advanced degree in Ikebana. 
Also from Dot comes the news that Helen 
Dunleavy Mitchell still resides alone in her 
house — she can't bear to give up her gar- 
den with its SB bulbs. Dottie Hamilton Davis 
and her husband Allan presented a planeta- 
rium to the Maryland Science Center which 

might well be, according to the accompany- 
ing literature, "the most modern and versa- 
tile in the country when completed." Dottie, 
as well as Allan, was present at the cere- 
monies May 8, 1975. 

Edna Lee Gilchrist says that their house 
was open for Virginia Garden Week in the 
spring and 1263 people went through. Edna 
is beginning to relax in her job as chairman 
of the board of the Seven Hills School since 
a new headmaster has been appointed. 

Janetta Fitzhugh Evans writes that she has 
two sons. Thomas F., a chemist with Mon- 
santo, and Peyton R., Jr., an internist in 
D.C. Janetta herself is in a nursing home. 

Frances McCamish McNeel is busier than 
ever following her retirement from her teach- 
ing career but does hope to make SBC for 
our 50th. Catherine Farrand Elder states 
that SBC is still dear to her as are the mem- 
bers of the class of 1926. It was also good 
to hear from Kay Norris Kelley and Ruth 
Johnston Bowen. 

Loey Peterson Wilson visited the South 
Pacific in the spring — Fiji. New Zealand, 
Australia, Tahiti and Bora Bora. When she 
wrote in July, Loey was off for a reunion of 
counselors of Camp Quinibeck, VT; Cape 
Cod; and then on to other New England 
spots. She had dined the night before with 
Hilda Harpster "27. 

Peg Posey Brubaker is involved in the 
planning and building of a complete retire- 
ment facility for the elderly in Lititz, PA — 
i.e., living rooms, nursing facilities, cottages 
and apartments. 

Louise Fuller Freeman says that her son 
Bradford has recently married a charming 
girl from L.A. and his company has sent 
them to London for two years. Louise hopes 
to visit them after a "decent" interval. Her 
other son Russ, an attorney, his wife and two 
children, Sarah, 7, and Rusty, 9, live near 
Louise in Fargo. 

Marietta Darsie is off to Hawaii as a dele- 
gate to a convention of the Quota Club In- 
ternational, a women's service club. Marietta 
is also busy with plans for the Bicentennial. 
As chairman of the History and Historical 
Exhibits Committee, she is helping with cos- 
tumes and expects to look like Martha 
Washington when she dons hers. 

Helen Mutschler Becker had her first 
cruise in May with her elder daughter Pat 
and her husband. Shortly after her return 
her son Mark and family drove her to North 
Carolina and then to Pennsylvania, where 
she visited cousins in Middleburg. On their 
return trip, they drove through SB. where it 
was "lovely as always." Hellie hopes to have 
a new pacemaker in April. 

Peg Reinhold Mitchell visited Albuquer- 
que in late spring, then her brother in Mon- 
terey. CA. As of this writing, she plans to 
go to Russia in September. 

We have made almost half of our pledge to 
SBC for our 50th and. while this is good, we 
need the other half. So let's be the last of the 
Big Spenders and stretch it a bit! 



Elizabeth Williams Gilmore (Mrs. W. Kirk). 

114 Bennington Rd., Charlottesville, VA 


Elizabeth Copeland Norfleet (Mrs. Fillmore), 


From Protest to Advocate 

Until Edward Hirsch Levi and his wife, the former 
Kate Sulzberger '38, moved to Washington, D. C, 
upon his appointment as Attorney General, they both 
had spent their entire lives in the Hyde Park neighbor- 
hood of the University of Chicago, with brief interrup- 
tions. Those interruptions were for Edward, getting his 
doctorate at Yale and working for five years at the Jus- 
tice Department, and for Kate, acquiring her A. B. de- 
gree from Sweet Briar and a brief residence in Balti- 
more with her first husband. Dr. Rudolph Hecht, who 
was a Captain in the Medical Corps killed in action in 
World War II (1944). 

She met Edward Levi under protest when he was in- 
vited to the home of her father, Frank Sulzberger, a 
prominent life trustee of the University of Chicago and 
also a lifetime Hyde Park resident. Mr. Levi was in- 
vited to speak to an elite group, calling themselves The 
Contributor's Club, on atomic energy legislation, and 
her parents insisted that she stick around so Edward 
would have someone his own age present. His first re- 
collection of her was seeing her storm into the living 
room, pouting in protest. The protest was short-lived, 
however, for they were married three months later in 
June 1946, and their family life seems to have been one 
of complete solidarity. 

A Professor of Law at the University of Chicago at 
the time of their marriage, her husband was soon made 
Dean of the Law School, then Provost and, in 1967, 
President of the University. Except for that brief stint 
in Washington with the Justice Department, his entire 
career was centered in the University of Chicago until 
his appointment earlier this year as Attorney General 
of the United States. Their three sons had their early 
education in the Laboratory School of the University 
of Chicago. John, the eldest, now 27, went to the Uni- 
versity of Rochester and took his law degree at Har- 

vard. He now practices law in Chicago. David, 24, is in 
graduate school at Harvard working on his Ph.D. in 
History and has recently married Nancy Ranney of 
Chicago, a graduate of Radcliffe and now at the Har- 
vard School of Design preparing to be a landscape de- 
signer. And Michael, 20, a Junior at Harvard, is plan- 
ning to be a physicist. 

Contacted by telephone in her home in Washington, 
Katie was asked how her life as the Attorney Gen- 
eral's wife differs from that of the University Pres- 
ident's wife. She summed it up by saying that at the 
University, there were many more aspects of his job she 
could share, which she misses. He has hopelessly long 
hours and is always pressed for time, but she enjoys 
the relationships possible in Washington and is proud 


Left to right: David, his wife Nancy, Kate Sulzberger Levi, Attorney- 
General Edward Levi, John and MichaeL 


that he can render such an important service. 

Kate has made a reputation for herself in the quiet 
and effective ways in which she has supplemented the 
important roles her husband has played. She has dis- 
tinguished herself as a hostess as well as a public ser- 
vant. Among the many stories told about her in the 
press one is a quotation in which she said "I never had 
any regrets about my marriage, but I did hate to quit 
my job." That, of course, was facetious, but the job to 
which she undoubtedly referred was the period of three 
years she spent as "girl Friday" to the Honorable Paul 
Douglas in his Aldermanic office in Chicago before he 
was elected to the Senate. She had early training in 
leadership and expression of her convictions during her 
student days at Sweet Briar as Editor of The News, a 

member of Tau Phi and Aints and Asses. Miss Lois 
Ballenger, who lives on campus and was the all-wise 
and knowing secretary to President Glass when Katie 
was a student, comments that she remembers her as an 
unusually capable, genial, adaptable, likeable student 
with a strong academic record. You can't hope for 
much more of an assessment that that as a prelude to 
the life she has been called upon to lead. Even though 
her complete involvement with the University of Chi- 
cago has kept her away from the Sweet Briar campus, 
she has stayed in touch with her friends and has been 
a loyal supporter of the college. For the last five years 
she has been a member of The Golden Stairs, and now 
that she is located in Washington we will be looking 
forward to welcoming her back to the campus. 

— ^Julia deCoIigny '34 

2012 Minor Rd.. Charlottesville. VA 22903. 
Fund Agent 

Gladys Wester Horton (Mrs. Leonard M.). 
P. O. Box 308. Short Hills. NJ 07078. 

It was a joyous 45th reunion tor the Class 
of 1930. Some of us met early in Charlottes- 
ville because Ruth Hassan Smith, accom- 
panied by her sister, decided to break her 
trip by stopping at Farmington. So did 
Serena Ailes Stevens and Mark. Marjorie 
Slurges Moose and Russell. Betsy Williams 
Gilmore. and Liz Copeland Norfleet and 
Fillmore. We had a high old time for two 
days and met afterwards on campus, where 
we were joined by 13 other classmates and 
Robert Sutliff It was a real disappointment 
that Josephine Gihbs Stubbs could not be 
with us as planned. 

We were all gratified and impressed by the 
state of the college as evinced by the splendid 
and interesting addresses to the alumnae by 
the administrative officers. Following their 
suggestions, the Class decided to direct its 
funds for the ne.vt five years toward com- 
pleting the endowments of the memorial 
chairs which have not yet been fully sub- 
scribed, especially those in memory of Miss 
Jessie M. Fraser. Dr. Lucy S. Crawford, and 
Dr. Dora Neill Raymond. We elected Carolyn 
Mariindale Blouin president. Gladys Wester 
Horton fund agent, and Betsy Williams Gil- 
more and Liz Copeland Norfleet joint class 
secretaries. We all expressed our apprecia- 
tion of the job Jean Saunders has just com- 
pleted as class president and that Gwen 
Olcott Writer has done as fund agent. We 
thanked Mary Moss Sutliff for making our 
delightful scrapbook. Letters were read from 
absent classmates. Gwen's letter of regret at 
not being able to attend told us that she and 
her husband, now in retirement, are leaving 
their home in Nyack, NY, to move to an 
entirely new world called Heritage Village 
in Southbury, CT. Georgia Wilson Mock- 
ridge also lives there. Gwen was enthusiastic 
about their recent visit to Florida where they 
spent a day with Merritt Murphey Green 
and Jimmy. Emma Riely Lemaire wrote cor- 
dially and interestingly from Portugal where 
they have a home (lovely picture of it. too) in 
the Algarve. 

As for our secretaries. Betsy has a part- 
time job at Monticello, and Liz, having 
formally retired in June, now has a part- 
time teaching job at St. Anne's-Belfield. 
Betsy and Liz are both traveling East this 
summer: Virginia Beach and England. 

Present at the reunion in addition to those 
already mentioned were: Elizabeth Carnes. 
Emilie Turner Cowling, Elizabeth Gorsline, 
Mary Huntington Harrison, Caroline Maury. 
Carolyn Martindale Blouin. Mary Moss Sut- 
liff. Jean Saunders. Agnes Sprout Bush. 
Lisle Turner, Evelyn Ware Saunders, and 
Gladvs Wester Horton. On to the 50th ! 



Molly Tatcott Dodson (Mrs. E. Griffith, Jr.), 
122 27th St.. S.E.. Roanoke. VA 24014. 
Fund Agent 

Meon Bower Harrison (Mrs. Archibald C. 
Jr.). R.F.D. 1, Box 13 B. Orange, VA 22960. 

Undoubtedly, the headline news for 1938 
is the appointment by President Ford of our 


own Kate Sulzberger Levi's husband as At- 
torney General of the U.S. Kate, we're stand- 
ing eight feet tall! 

Next excitement: we have a bride. After 
26 years as a widow. Marion Brown Zaiser 
is now Mrs. Robert E. Lee Snider, married 
on Valentine's Day. '74. to a West Point 
classmate of her first husband. Having 
honeymooned in the Middle East, they are 
happily settled now on Snell Island. St. 
Petersburg. Brownie's son Robert is sta- 
tioned at Mac Dill AFB with his wife and 
baby girl. Her second son Kent is clerking 
for Florida Supreme Court Justice Irvin in 

Win Hagberg St. Peter has a second 
grandchild and claims she works three days 
a week as her husband's office manager. 
Some doubt is cast on this when 1 read that, 
of late, they've tripped to Scandinavia, the 
Greek Isles. Australia. Spain. South 
America, the British Isles — and once around 
the world! 

Josephine Sutton McCandlish keeps an 
eye on Nancy McCandlish Prichard since 
they are next door neighbors '.n Fairfax. VA. 
Jo's Becky was graduated from Wellesley. 
is married and the mother of a baby girl, 
and is living in Marblehead Neck. Son 
Charles is a Princeton graduate, has com- 
pleted three years in the Navy, and expects 
to graduate next June from U. Va. Law 

Marjorie Thaden Davis reports a mini- 
reunion in Dallas, inspired by Sigur Moore 
Whitaker's visit, with five members of 1938 
on hand — Harriet Daniel Herd. Florence 
Caven Crosnoe. Carolyn Staman Ogilvie. 
Sigur and Marjorie. They wished that 
Carolyn Potter Ryburn had been able to 
make it six. Marjorie and husband retired 
in 1969 and are living in Gainesville, TX. 
They enjoy traveling — as well as their tal- 
ented three: Suzanne, who lives in New York 
and works for Time Inc.. Linda Lowry. who 
is Assistant to the Administrator of Beth 
Israel Hospital in Boston (one of the Harvard 
University teaching hospitals), and Ann 
Avery, who was graduated magna cum laude 
from Tufts in May, 1975. and is now in the 
Management Training Program at Bloom- 
ingsdales in New York. 

Frances Bailey Brooke's summer highlight 
was a month's trip to Great Britain, one 
week of which was spent visiting son Chip 
and his family in Scotland. Chip is a Marine 
Captain stationed in Denoon. Their daugh- 
ter Marion and husband Bob Philpott live 
in High Point. NC. where he works for the 
Wachovia Bank and where they're blessed 
with the loving concern of Sarah Tomlinson 

M. J. Miller Hein sounds like a lady of 
leisure, having spent two winter months in 
Hawaii and the rest of her time riding, golf- 
ing, and gardening with a retired husband 
to help! Two married children, two grand- 
babies, and a Janet, 19, who was graduated 
with honors from Sullins in May. 1975, 
compose her family. 

Nancy Old Mercer's daughter. Ann Mercef 
Kornegay '66, lives in Baton Rouge with 
husband and three children, which gives 
Nancy a chance to see Pollyanna Shotwelt 
Holloway. Daughter Marilyn and husband 
are in Galveston in Medical School. Blair. 
Jr.. is in Dallas, and Edward, at the Univer- 
sity of Texas. 

Vesta Murray Haselden keeps in touch 
with her "old chum." Janet McFarlan Berg- 
mann, same as always, and ran into Babbie 

Derr Chenoweth at a GCA Zone meeting, 
picking right up without interruption after 
37 years. 

Janice Wiley Adams reports they're mov- 
ing into a reborn old farmhouse in the moun- 
tains of Maine — near Strong. 

Gertrude Alexanderson Young and hus- 
band are racing sailors and need strong 
constitutions. In between races she's busy 
with the Schenectedy Boys Club Auxiliary 
and other civic organizations. 

Lucy Taliaferro Nickerson's family is 
thriving. Clark, married, is selling Duraleth 
plastics in Maryland and nearby areas. Paul 
is a news reporter for The Dispatch in New 
Jersey. Ann took a detour from Mary Bald- 
win for a junior year at Davidson and will 
return to graduate from Mary Baldwin in 
June. '76. Lucy works two days each week in 
a bookstore and manages to chair a literary 
group for AAUW — all of which leaves pre- 
cious little time for her visits with Macky 
Fuller Kellog. 

Mabbie Berkmans Smith says her life re- 
volves around needlepoint and garden club 
but on the side she's been galavanting with 
the American Horticultural Society. She 
sounds like a pro. Garden Club program 
chairmen take note. 

From Florida comes word from Becky 
Kunkle Hogue. whose grandson comes to 
visit them from Houston, where father Peter 
is with Shell Chemical Co. The "trips" are 
grown and nourishing. Pen and husband 
live in Fort Lauderdale. John is on the staff 
of Tidewater Community College in Chesa- 
peake. VA, and hoping to complete his doc- 
torate this year. Richard is counseling re- 
tarded young adults. The parents of our only 
class triplets sound like solid citizens, both 
working and both giving volunteer com- 
munity service. 

Mary Thompson Fabrini and Aldo were 
anticipating a happy month's visit to San 
Francisco, their home until 1968. They now- 
live in Montgomery in air-conditioned com- 
fort and invite visitors. 

A proud grandma of two — 6 and 8 — is 
Frances Cargill Stone. She has been brailling 
math books for high school students for 16 
years, as well as working with Girl Scouts. 
She and her husband look forward to retire- 
ment soon when they plan to concentrate on 
gardening and sailing. 

Pauline Womack Swann and her George, 
who was the feature attraction at our 30th 
reunion, have built a home 12 miles north ot 
Palm Beach, where they will spend their 
winters, returning for the summer to North- 
ern Michigan. Their three married children. 
Nancy, Tricia, and Susie, have produced a 
grand total of five grandchildren. George, 
Jr., is a sophomore at Northwood College. 

Isabelle Franke Degraaf helps keep 
Florida Federal Savings and Loan going. 
Her daughter Jane completed high school in 
June and plans a career in psychology. Two 
married sons and three grandchildren keep 
her busy. too. Isabelle senes on the Steward- 
ship Committee of her church. 

Dottie Gipe Clement has two married 
daughters with three grands between them. 
Two sons are living in Michigan County. 
IN, and working for steel companies. That's 
not all — two more daughters are at home, 
one working in Toledo and one beginning 
college in September '75. Dottie and John 
enjoy "Loverlea." their condominium on 
Lake Michigan. They sail. swim, and play 
tennis, and in the winter rest up with cross- 
country skiing. 

We send our love and sympathy to Jo 
Happ Willingham. whose husband. Spain, 
died last winter. She is pleased that her son 
John has come back to Macon and gone into 
his father's business: son Joe and wife live 
in Berkeley. CA. Jo is going to England and 
Scotland with her daughter Helen '69 and 
her husband. 

Marv Hamilton Schuck's husband retired 
from teaching at N.Y. State College at Buf- 
falo and is now an avocado rancher. Her 
sons — ^John. Peter and Robbie — are actors 
and musicians. Man.- gardens, is AAUW 
treasurer, does volunteer work at Fallbrook 
Hospital, and was active in Friends of the 
Library. They are pleased with the move to 

Lastlv. our unforgettable class president 
and most faithful alumna: Dolly Nicholson 
Tate reports that Sweet Briar was the same 
beautiful spot when she went for Boxwood 
Circle meetings in April, following which 
she had successful open heart surgery to 
replace two old rheumatic fever-scarred 
valves. Cheers, Dolly, for your happy re- 

Volunteers for class secretary please reply 
bv return mail. 



Joanna Fink Meeks (Mrs. David). 704 N. 

Calvert Ave.. Muncie. IN 47303. 

Fund Agents 

Betty Suttle Briscoe (Mrs. Clarence), 514 E. 

Lancaster Ave.. Wynnewood, PA 18017. 

Helen Bean Emerv (Mrs. Natt M.). 2801 

Main St., Bethlehem. PA 18017. 

When I talked to Sue Fender Miller on her 
birthday. July 24th. I learned that we had 
our first grandsons within ten days of each 
other in May. She keeps very busy managing 
her Georgian Room Dress Shop in Martins- 
ville. VA. making about five buying trips a 
year to New York, where she usually sees 
Lib Scheuer Maxwell. Lib still sets the stage 
for "Edge of Night" and other TV shows. 

Dave and I enjoyed a Purdue Farm Study 
Tour to Tahiti. New Zealand. Australia, the 
Philippines. Hong Kong and Hawaii in 
February. Our daughter Anne, her architect 
husband and two little girls conveniently 
live in Kailua. HL making the last two weeks 
of our vacation memorable. I had a breakfast 
visit with Betty Carter Clark and husband. 
Bill, in their beautiful Altadena, CA. home. 
They and daughter. Jeanie. a student in 
Tuscon. AZ. spent part of the summer at 
Lake Tahoe. 

After Ruth Pinkham Beggs' first husband 
Milton Nix died in 1968. she became a real 
estate saleswoman. In 1971 she married 
Robert C. Beggs. a long-time family friend, 
and they retired happily. Her son George is 
a junior executive with Xerox in Rochester, 
NY. where he lives with his wife and two 
little girls. 

From Therese Lamfrom Beck in Mil- 
waukee: "Am so sorry I missed 1934's re- 
union but went to the Orient on a business 
and pleasure trip in May." 

Ruberta Bailey Hesseltine from Belmont. 
MA. reports volunteering in two hospitals, 
as treasurer of the coffee shop in one and 
in the gift shop of another. Her daughter 
moved from California to Connecticut; she 
has two daughters. 3 and 22 mos. 

Rosemary Frey Rogers still lives in the 
country near Gallatin. TN. works as adver- 
tising manager for Cisco Business Furniture 
and is director of their Design Guild. She is 
treasurer of the Assn. for Preservation of 
Tennessee Antiquities in Summer County — 
present project is restoration of General 
Winchester's home. As a result of working 
with the newly formed Humane Society 
she's acquired two new dogs for a total of 

Rebekah Strode Lee writes that Brownie 
Lee '60. is teaching at St. Jago High School. 
Spanish Town, Jamaica. Becky and St. 
George, young Saint, his wife Ann Tremain 
'69. and their daughter Maria spent two 
weeks in Jamaica in February. 

Helen Hoffecker Roehm writes that the 
past two years have been hectic ones for 
their family — marked first by the death of 
her mother, a cancer operation for Helen 
herself, apparently successful, then the death 
of her father, resulting in sale of their coun- 
try home where they had gathered to cele- 
brate holidays. Her sister moved from Lan- 
caster to Reading, where Helen's son and 
family live. They look forward to a happier 

Julia Daugherty Musser from Indiana. 
PA, one of 23 back for reunion last May. 
writes. "I don't see why we should wait an- 
other five years. We should bask in the glory 
of Jackie and Julia every spring." 

Mary Ann Page Guyol has an article. 
"Afirican Students at Southeastern Univer- 
sity." in TOPIC magazine, a U.S. I. A. pub- 
lication sent to all African nations. 

Mary Pringle had a successful hip opera- 
tion two years ago. stopped teaching then, 
and now keeps busy doing volunteer work, 
traveling, pursuing old interests and develop- 
ing new ones. She lost her mother. Mrs. 
Thomas Pringle. last March. 

Ginny Fosler Gruen. Indianapolis S.B.C. 
Bulb Chairman, sold $2,400 worth of bulbs 
for their small club. After attending reunion 
last year, she and her husband are delighted 
with the campaign for the swimming pool, 
something the college needs badly. 

Bonney McDonald Hatch lost her mother 
in the spring after a long illness but is for- 
tunate to have her father here in Muncie. 
Her son Steve, his wife and 4-and 7-year old 
daughters have moved to Deerfield, IL. much 
closer for her baby-sitting services. He's with 
a management consultant firm for hospital 
and health agencies. 

Helen Closson Hendricks and husband Leo 
spent three October weeks in and around 
Karlsruhe, Germany, with daughter Nancy, 
who teaches there, her Austrian husband, 
a nuclear physicist, and their daughter, 
Elizabeth, who was with the Berlitz School 
there but is now with our government's 
School Administration for the Services. Their 
only Sweet Briarite. Susan '60. married to 
Com. Kelson Slayman. a Navy Oceano- 
grapher, lives at Virginia Beach, VA, and 
has just been back for her 15th reunion. 
Their only son is in Logansport. IN. in busi- 
ness with his father. 

Eleanor Alcott Bromley is the newest 
member of the Executive Board of the Alum- 
nae Council, having been elected to serve as 
Director of Region VII. 

Lydia Goodwyn Ferrell married off an- 
other son recently, this one to the niece 
of Myra Carr Baldwin "36, leaving only 
John to finish Hampden-Sydney. At the re- 
ception were Becky Strode Lee, Julie Sadler 
de Coligny, Mary Walton McCandlish Liv- 

ingston, and other Briarites. 

Julie Sadler de Coligny's son Bill is Head- 
master of St. Croix Country Day School in 
Christiansted. VI: Calvert Jr. is foreign 
sales manager of H. H. Robertson and lives 
in Sewickley. PA: daughter Anne and her 
husband Duane Davis live in Harper's Ferry. 
WV; and Julie Jr. '68, who is now Amanda, 
has a natural foods and leather shop on 
Route 29 near the campus. Julie Sr. man- 
ages to exchange visits with them and her 
seven grandchildren, and wants you to know 
that she is loaded with estate-planning in- 
formation which she gladly shares on re- 

If enough of you send news on the fiap of 
fund envelopes to Sweet Briar or to me di- 
rectly before January 15th. I promise you a 
newsletter in February. 


Fund Agent 

Polly Peyton Turner (Mrs. Carol), 331-A 
Pine Ridge Dr.. Whispering Pines, NC 

Eloise English Davies enjoyed accompany- 
ing her husband Tom to Russia for a two- 
week Arms Control and Disarmament Con- 
ference in October '74. She pursues law as 
an appelate trial attorney for the Justice 
Dept. and has now handled cases in each of 
the 11 U.S. Courts of Appeals. 

Four of Margie Troutman Harbin's sons 
are now full-fledged physicians. The oldest 
has just moved to Atlanta with his wife 
and two children to practice ophthalmology. 
The second, also married, has just finished 
his residency in psychiatry in Baltimore. The 
twins have just finished their internships; 
one is in Boston doing residency in radiology, 
and the other in Florida doing residency in 
ophthalmology. The youngest son is a junior 
at U. Va. Grace Lanier Brewer, on the other 
hand, specializes in daughters, three of 
are now SBC alumnae. Carol is the most re- 
cent graduate, having finished last May. Con- 
nie is now working on her masters degree in 
audiology at Memphis State University. Ann 
Hauslein Potterfield also writes of gradua- 
tions. Daughter Phyllis finished Tulane Law 
School the same day last May that daughter 
Lucy graduated from Georgetown U. Son 
Tom, Jr.. completed a master's at U. of Pa. 
in the summer. Lucy and Kathy (another 
daughter) traveled in the U.S. for two 
months last summer, while Ann and Tom 
spent the summer in their home on the 
Greenbrier River. Last fall they had a trip 
to Holland and Germany, cruising the Rhine. 

Eugenia Burnett Affel is busy selling real 
estate in Philadelphia. Her oldest son 
Charlie is sailing from Thailand to Con- 
necticut (he was in Singapore in May). Her 
second son Griifin is a banker in Phila- 
delphia. The third son John has just gotten 
a job in Richmond and has an apartment 
not far from Lucy Call Dabney. Thirteen- 
year old Lee is at home. Husband Herman 
is still commuting to Rochester, NY. 

From the hospital waiting room Alice King 
Harrison sent us a "flash" last June about 


the birth of her second granddaughter, the 
second daughter of Letitia. Mary and her 
husband have returned to Forest City to live 
after graduating from college, and youngest 
daughter Frances, a high school valedic- 
torian, is a freshman at Vanderbilt. She 
enjoyed marching with McDonald's Ail- 
American Band in NYC (Thanksgiving) and 
in LA (New Year's). 

Frances Caldwell Harris" daughter Francie 
was married in August "74. Her son Jim, 
Jr.. age 19. enlisted in the Army and is sta- 
tioned in Monterey. CA. Frances and hus- 
band Jim inherited his German Shepherd 
and wooly monkey. Frances Meek Temple's 
son Randy Young is a naval jet pilot, flying 
in the Mediterranean but returning to Cecil 
Field in Jacksonville, FL. Frannie has been 
busy with portrait commissions. Junior 
league work, symphony, and museum — plus 
a Caribbean cruise. She and her daughter 
Rumsey loved the SBC trip to Rome, es- 
pecially the chance to review art history. 
To others interested in this pursuit. Cynthia 
Abbott Dougherty offers to give advice about 
avoiding crowds at Metropolitan Museum 
shows: her husband is Vice Director for 
Public Affairs. 

Fund Agent Polly Peyton Turner writes 
that her daughter Sidney '66. in her second 
year of law at U. of Maryland, attends at 
night and continues working in the daytime 
in the legislative section of Social Security. 
She plans to be married at Christmas to a 
fellow law student. Anne, the youngest, 
graduated from UNC, Chapel Hill last 
summer and is now in the medical school 
there. Polly and Carol find life pleasant in 
Whispering Pines, and she serves as chair- 
man of "Whispers," the ladies social organi- 

We are sorry to report that class secretary 
Mary Wheat Crowell is ill and unable to do 
class notes this year. Her husband writes 
that their daughter Lesslie graduated magna 
cum laude from Skidmore in 1974 with a 
major in fine arts. She is a secretary in the 
Economics Dept. of M.I.T. Younger daugh- 
ter Allie has returned from Grenoble. 
France, for her senior vear at Rollins. 



Mary Waller Berkeley Fergusson. (Mrs. 

Russell). 6439 Roselawn Rd.. Richmond. VA 


Fund Agent 

Deborah Freeman Cooper (Mrs. E. Newbold. 

Jr.). Orchard Lane. Wallingford. PA 19806. 

Long live 25th Reunions! The happy 
smiles in the class picture (see summer 
Alumnae Magazine) should be adequate 
testimonial to the wonderful time we all had 
sharing news, views, and memories. 

Dolly Clark Rasmussen was also at the 
reunion but had to leave before the class 
picture was taken. Her granddaughter is 
now 6 months old. The mother is Dolly's 
oldest of four children and a '73 graduate 


of Sweet Briar. Our May Queen does not 
look or act like a grandmother! 

I wish all of you could browse through 
the reunion scrap book and see Anne Pres- 
ton Vick with her iVi year old twin sons; 
pictures of Bonnie Loyd Crane's beautiful 
contemporary home in Houston. TX (Her 
architect husband David won an award from 
the Texas Society of Architects for his de- 
sign of their home.); and the catalogue from 
an exhibition of Albert York's paintings. 
Albert York is Virginia Mann's artist hus- 
band. Remember this, so whenever his name 
comes up you can say in a terribly casual 
way — "Oh yes. married a classmate of 
mine." The Yorks reside in East Hampton. 

Many of the pictures and questionnaires 
came from overseas. Jo Gulick Grant re- 
ported in from Singapore. Her husband is a 
foreign set^'ice officer. Pat Holloran Sal- 
vadori lives in Rome, where her husband is 
an advertising manager with Texas Instru- 
ments. Cora Morningstar SpUler was in 
Bramerhaven. Germany, with an army hus- 
band, but she expects to return to Fort Riley, 
KS. this summer. Then there is Jane Tomil- 
son Myhre. who just loves those Norwegians 
and now lives in Hosle. Norway. 

Lou Moore was a bit late getting to the re- 
union but only because she was finishing 
three years of law school at William and 
Mary College. Ijju plans to hang out her 
shingle in her own hometown of Lexington. 

Sally Bianchi Foster took a slightly cir- 
cuitous route from Verona. NJ. to Virginia 
by way of Tennessee. She and her lovely 
red-headed daughter went to Grand Junc- 
tion, TN, to see Nancy Franklin Hall. Nancy. 
her husband and five children farm the 
family homestead. From Sally's description 
of the Hall family, it was for both Fosters 
a heartwarming detour. 

Betty Hutchens McCaleb had her visit to 
SBC in the spring while visiting colleges 
with her daughter. I am pleased to say it also 
included a luncheon visit with me in Rich- 
mond. "Hot" described her trip as a mar- 
velous sentimental journey. Betty Todd Lan- 
den is a frequent visitor to SBC now that 
her husband is a member of the Board of 

For those of you who were anxious for 
addresses, please take advantage of the new 
Alumnae Directory coming out next year. 
Many thanks to Moe Gamble Booth for 
organizing the reunion for us. 



Bruce Watts Krucke (Mrs. William). 101 
Old Tavern Lane. Summerville. SC 29483. 
Fund Agent 

Joy Parker Eldredge (Mrs. (Tharles L.). 4550 
Island Rd.. Miami. FL 33137. 

Thanks to all of you who put your news on 
your Fund flap, both for your news and for 
your gift to SB. Joy Parker Eldredge is do- 
ing a terrific job as fund agent and has a 

goal of 100% participation. Joy writes that 
their daughter Lisa made her debut and had 
a grand time. She is at Tulane studying 
engineering. Joy spent some time in the 
North Carolina mountains this summer and 
Meri Hodges Major came to visit with her 
two teenagers. 

Weezie Aubrey McFarland has received 
her Masters in Secondary Guidance and will 
be a guidance counselor for a junior high 
school in Columbia this fall. Weezie has 
done a beautiful job for SB as vice president 
of the Association and director of alumnae 
clubs. Hope she enjoys being an official 
working girl again. Sally Gammon Plummer 
has moved to Evergreen, a Denver suburb. 
Stuart is chaplain and director of pastoral 
care for the Presbyterian Medical Center in 
Denver. Helen Smith Lewis has moved from 
Lynchburg to Amherst and helped in the 
Alum Office while Mary Hughes Blackwell 
recovered from Rocky Mountain spotted 
fever. Betsy Nunn Kennedy has a new house 
in Lexington, KY. Anne Showell has gone 
overseas, but I don't have any details. Jean 
Walker Gillespie's boys are going to the 
University of Denver together . . . Jean 
visited them when they went out to Las 
Vegas for a coal meeting. 

Chatham. MA. on the Cape, is the new 
home of Kitty Willcox Reiland and her 
family. Bill is the director of the Computer 
Center of Cape Cod Community College in 
Hyannis. Their daughter Beth goes to Wel- 
lesley. Andy is a senior at Vanderbilt and 
the twins go to a boarding school in Boston. 
Kitty threaten karate if any more of us come 
to the Cape and don't call. 

After a three-week trip to England. Anne 
White Connell was inspired to audit a high 
school English Lit course and renew her 
acquaintance with Chaucer and friends. Bill 
and I are going to England with friends for 
a couple of weeks in October. My vacation 
problems now are getting dog sitters rather 
than baby sitters. We got our second Dober- 
man in January (Max's granddaughter) and 
she shows great promise. 

Dabney Bragg, daughter of Bev Smith. 
loves SBC. Her sister Martha is at Brenau 
College and was the Birmingham news- 
paper's "Valentine Girl." She was featured 
in a whole section with pictures, biography 
and shots in every ad. Bev and Bill's latest 
trip was a West Indies cruise. Ann Collins 
Teachout's family had a wonderful California 
vacation and a raft trip down the Colorado 
River through the Grand Canyon. Nancy 
Moody had a skiing vacation in Colorado 
too — in Crested Butte. Nancy has a new 
apartment in Austin. She still rides but "has 
slowed down a bit on the showing." and has 
gotten interested in breeding. 

Carolina Chobot Garner now lives in Tam- 
pa, FL, where Thom is rector of St. Mary's 
Episcopal Church. The parish is a large one 
with a day school which their children will 
attend. They had a great trip to Williamsburg 
for "Kobo's" parents' 50th anniversary. Billy 
Isdale Beach has recently been made a senior 
member of the Society of Women Engineers. 
She and her husband chaired the 5th Engi- 
neering Foundation Conference on Environ- 

mental Engineering in the food industry. My 
husband Bill has just been made the director 
of Environmental Programs for Raybestos- 
Manhattan. He finds it very challenging 
work as the government looks more and 
more into the things companies do with 

Lynn Carlton McCaffree's relatives have 
recently made great strides in the military. 
Not only was her brother promoted to Ser- 
geant Major in the Marines, but her husband 
Mike is now wearing the stripes of a Navy 
captain. And speaking of the military, maybe 
Ann Thomas Donahue will tell us the real 
story of the CIA one of these days! 

Inspite of her broken wrist and operation, 
Anne Sheffield Hale and her family have 
been busy with trips, school, tennis and 
gardening. They had a lovely visit with 
friends in Maine and spent time in Boston 
enjoying Bicentennial presentations. During 
spring vacation the Hales toured Washington 
and Virginia, including a visit to SB on their 
itinerary of the East. Ellen (12) and Sheffield 
(14) are both students at Westminster in 

Our spring was saddened by my Dad's 
death at 81 in March. He was buried in 
Arlington with full military honors — a beau- 
tifiil and dignified ceremony. Our summer 
has been much like last year's except that 
Bill and I have gotten the tennis bug. I'm 
terrible but love it. I'm teaching swimming 
and dog obedience and will start the local 
art show circuit in September. Our oldest 
boy Carl has his own apartment nearer 
work with another boy whose parents are 
our neighbors. Kurt will be a senior in high 
school with no definite plans for next year 
and John is going into 6th grade and looking 
forward to little league football. 



Jane Skipman Kuntz (Mrs. Edward J., Jr.), 

100 Tait Rd., Dayton, OH 45429. 

Fund Agent 

Lanny Tuller Webster (Mrs. William M., 

Ill), 200 Byrd Blvd., Greenville, SC 29605. 

From Ruth Frame Salzberg comes a long 
note about her family's interest in film mak- 
ing. She has a film animation workshop 
called Greenleaf Film Workshop in Elms- 
ford, NY. Their films have been shown on 
WNEW-TV, CBS and some ETV channels. 
Her son Tommy, 9, won an honorable men- 
tion in the Kodak Teenage Film Contest and 
1st prize in Channel 13's TV Young Film- 
makers Contest. Her daughter Anne, 6, won 
a Special Award from Kodak and third prize 
from Channel 13. They draw, film, edit and 
make their own cassette sound tracks. Ruth 
still teaches film in the 6th, 7th and 8th 
grades of public school and does free-lance 
work for children's magazines. 

Alice Eller Patterson has been on the staff 
of the Wake Forest Law Library but will 
give that position up to be a full time law 

student, finishing in May 1976. 

Betty Rae Sivalls Davis is a Scout leader 
for Cadettes — 7th. 8th and 9th grades. She 
says she loves it. 

Letha Wood Audhuy announces the birth 
of her daughter Leslie Anne on July 24, 1973. 
She still lives in Toulouse, France. Sorry this 
is so late but we just got the news. 

Carol Dennis Fielding's husband Ted has 
retired from the Navy. Both are attending 
Old Dominion U., where Carol is working 
towards her masters in Guidance and Coun- 
seling — taking 9 hours this term. Through 
the Junior League she is a volunteer coun- 
selor at the Domestic Relations Court and a 
Navy Relief interviewer. 

Madeira School is fortunate to have Cecile 
Dickson Banner as Director of Publications 
and Public Relations. 

Judy Graham Lewis moved in 1974 to 
Charleston. WV, where Jim is rector of St. 
John's, a large downtown parish. He has 
been quite involved in the school book con- 
troversy and, I understand, even appeared 
on Phil Donahue's syndicated national TV 
show. Judy is in pre-nursing at Morris Har- 
vey College. 

Jean Lindsay de Streel and Quentin have 
moved to Madison, WI, in August. He is the 
administrator for the new South Central 
Library System of Wisconsin. 

We have just received the news that Pat 
Ashby Boesch of San Mateo is the new pres- 
ident of the Junior League of San Francisco. 
Congratulations ! Pat has two children. 

I have seen two of our classmates in the 
last several months. Eleanor Humphrey 
Schnabel called me to have lunch with her 
one lovely May day. Hank had preceded her 
to Hawaii, where he is the new director of 
the Iliolani Palace, which will become a 
museum. He will set up the whole museum 
program, train docents, etc. Eleanor showed 
me pictures of their beautiful new house in 
Honolulu. She insists that any of our pals 
who visit in Hawaii are expected to call. 

Caroline Sauls Shaw and Robert were in 
Cincinnati, where Robert conducted a por- 
tion of the May Festival. Caroline and 
Robert were married at Christmas 1973. He 
is the conductor of the Atlanta Symphony, 
and they travel extensively. 

After quite a bit of illness in our family 
this past year, everyone is A-OK. We had a 
lovely spring visit with Eddie's parents in 
Sea Island, and I have the girls, Lee and 
Martha, 14, and Anne, almost 11, in Michi- 
gan visiting my mother. Lee and Martha 
spent two weeks during early July in Colo- 
rado Springs, visiting a friend. I am still 
active on the Women's Board of the Chil- 
drens' Medical Center, am an advisor on 
several Junior League committees, and play 
tennis when I have the time and energy. 



Jane Roulston Schoettker (Mrs. Jane R.), 
305-A N. Hamilton St., Richmond, VA 

Fund Agents 

Ann Ritchey Baruch (Mrs. Richard), 841 
Marion Square Rd., Gladwyne. PA 19035. 
Mary Belle Scott Rauch (Mrs. Alfred), 308 
Brentwood Rd., Haverford. PA 19041. 

After graduating from SBC Andrea Den- 
son Wechsler was an editor of Random 
House Dictionary of the English Language 
and later supervising editor of the dictionary 
department of Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 
She received her J.D. from Boston University 
School of Law, returned to New Jersey for 
her clerkship and later became a criminal 
defense attorney for the New Jersey Public 
Defender's Office. In April, 1974, she be- 
came editor of Practicing Attorney's Letter, 
a bi-weekly lawyer's service. On Nov. 17, 
1974, Andrea married John Rogers Wechsler 
and is now living in Fort Lee, NJ. 

Juliette Anthony is a reference librarian 
at Santa Monica Public Library. She is 
married to Byron Robert Walls, a song 
writer, but she has retained her maiden 

From Seoul, Korea, Nancy Hudler Keuffel 
invites anyone visiting in the area to call her 
at 53-5691. She says that they are pretty good 
on city tours from temples to Kisaeng 

Jingles Street and Jim Robinson built a 
new house last year. Jingles is busy with St. 
Mary's Hall projects. She is chairman of the 
Library Docent Program and publicity secre- 
tary. She is the cheerleaders' coach for the 
grade school team, and Jim is the volunteer 
football coach. Jimie. 10, is on the football 
and basketball teams, and Jingle, 5, is a 
cheerleader. Jingles is also enjoying doing 
the Junior League Rummage sale and the 
Trinity University "Learning about Learn- 
ing" Charity Ball. 

Louise Durham Purvis writes that it was a 
sad year because of the death of her mother. 
She and John bought her mother's house in 
Charles Town. After getting it ready to rent, 
she and John went to Grenada in the West 
Indies before returning to Scotland, where 
Allison Moore and Tom Garrot visited them. 

Chris Christie Cruger taught poetry and 
creative writing in a special program in 
Southampton, VA. The purpose was to rein- 
force and upgrade reading levels through 
writing. Chris has also had a couple of her 
own poems published locally. In Richmond 
she played Beatrice in The Effect of Gamma 
Rays on M an -in -t he-moon Marigolds and 
had a singing role in Where's Charley? Chris 
occasionally sees Catherine Grinnan who 
works at the Virginia Museum of Fme Arts 
training volunteer tour guides and arranging 
group tours. 

Nancy Fleshman and Bo Bowles and their 
children Tripp, 10, Drew, 9, and Church, 
5'/2. spent two weeks in Sea Island and then 
visited Sullivan's Island in July. Nancy is on 
the junior board for the Virginia Home and 
is project chairman for the annual luncheon- 
fashion show. She and Bo were planning a 
trip to Montreal. While they were in Georgia 
they saw Ann Dunlap and George Youmans. 




Mary Meade Gordon Winn (Mrs. Thomas 
M.. Jr.). 2962 Rosalind Ave., S. W., Roa- 
noke. VA 24014. 
Fund Agent 

Natalie Roberts Sheriff (Mrs. Stephen), 5451 
Woodenhawk Circle. Columbia. MD 21043. 


Bingham Roby to Kathy Bingham Glover 

and Littleton. June 22. 1975. 

Alexander Scott Coffin to Cindy Coffin Bran- 
don and Joel. Sept. 29. 1974. 

Henry Gillmer to Peggy Gillmer Myers and 

Sammy, July 1974. 

Erin to Tracy Bean Kenny and Fred. Oct. 

26. 1974. 

Louisa Emerson to Anne Frothingham Cross 

and Dennis. Nov. 7, 1974. 

Mark Stoddard to Terri Fentress Thompson 

and Edward. June 13, 1975. 
James Selwyn II to Virginia Williams Stanley 
and Peter. Feb. 2, 1975. 

Charles III to Cherry Brown Peters and 
Charles. Oct. 25. 1974. 

Sarah Merrill to Martha Madden Swanson 
and David. July 2. 1975. 
Meredith Penn to Susan Sudduth Dodson 
and Frank. May 16. 1975. 
Jonathan Edward Oed) to Vicki Chainski 
Verity and Jonathan. June 1. 1975. 
Meredith Gilmer to Mary Meade Gordon 
Winn and Tom, July 2, 1974. 
Ij) Jennifer to Kit Baker Sydnor and Kendall. 
Feb. 9, 1975. 

John Griggs (Jack) to El Griggs Diemar and 
Robert. July 5. 1975. 

Nathaniel Fitch to Debbi Haslam Peniston 
and Eric. July 16, 1975. 

Marilyn Garahrant Morris is still president 
of the Alumnae Club of NY and has recently 
been promoted to 2nd vice president at 
Chase Manhattan where she continues to be 
a corporate lending officer. Kathy Bingham 
Glover has spent the last months awaiting 
the birth of Bingham — and the completion 
of her tennis courts. She also has a small 
shell business in Newnan. GA — mainly cus- 
tom jewelry and craft items. Evie Day Butler 
and Geoff are moving "home" this summer 
to Louisville. KY. where Geoff will be assis- 
tant principal at the Louisville Collegiate 
School, a K-12 day school that Evie attend- 
ed. Geoff (7) and Lee (4) will be going to 
Collegiate and the whole family is looking 
forward to their new home. Peg Henning 
Minnick and Jeffrey live in Glen Cove. NY, 
and both work at Marine Midland Bank; 
he's on Long Island, while Peg commutes to 
NYC everyday. Her new assignment is the 
African division, and she hopes to travel 
there soon. They play lots of tennis and 
bridge. Gene and Ann Kerr Preaus and their 
three children (David. 6. Darnell, 3, Virginia, 
1) are moving to a new home in New Orleans 
in July, and then will spend a week in Florida 
on vacation. Mary Pat Behnke visited Ann 
recently, and they had fun during her stay, 
Ann will have a busy year with League pro- 


jects and being a board member of the Men- 
tal Health Association. Cindy Coffin Bran- 
don's son has slowed down her theater work 
a bit, although she's still working on her 
Ph.D. and acting occasionally (once profes- 
sionally!) in various college and community 
theaters in and around Cleveland. They will 
be in Shaker Heights another year while Joel 
finishes his Ph.D. in Operations Research. 
They have finally been able to put their sail- 
boat in water after three years in the desert. 
Julie Whitehurst MacKinlay and Ed are back 
in Virginia Beach and loving it after ten 
years of New York. Algiers. Paris, and Ohio. 
Ed is trying to keep up with his rapidly grow- 
ing corporate and international law practice. 
They have two daughters. Phoebe (6) and 
Vanessa (3). Katie Clay Barrett has "retired" 
from teaching and loves her free life and 
country living; Max is learning the legalities 
of the booming coal business and loves it. 
Kathy Carroll Mathewson is learning to play 
golf — an escape from the children. Heather 
(5'/2) and Carrie (2). Dave is still with Mariin 
Firearms, and they have started their own 
business called "Katydids. Inc." Kathy de- 
signs and manufactures children's clothes 
and has sold to stores in Florida and to a 
shop in Boston. She is also editor of the Jr. 
League monthly and is secretary to the His- 
torical Society. Sid Turner will begin her sec- 
ond year at U, of Maryland Law School eve- 
ning division while holding her job at the 
Social Security Headquarters in Baltimore. 
She has joined the Delta Theta Phi law fra- 
ternity, but has had to give up many volun- 
teer activities. She got together recently with 
Julie Bush who is moving to Durango, CO 
after seven years in Charlottesville. Peggy 
Gillmer Myers is still teaching at E. C. Glass 
in Lynchburg, and Sammy is raising cattle. 
They will soon move into an old farm house 
that they've been remodeling for over a year. 
Peggy has done graduate work in history at 
UVa and has become interested in local his- 
tor\' and oral history projects. Carole Poer 
Williams is still reporting news for the 
Toledo Blade and sailing in free time. Next 
year Bill's whole lab division will move to 
Denver, and it will be Carole's turn to job 
hunt. Eleanor Thomson Thomas. Ed. and 
their children. Eleanor (6) and Edward Wil- 
liam (2'/2). are settled in Winchester. VA. 
where Ed counsels intermediate-aged chil- 
dren. Eleanor is currently working on adult 
education at church, a community energy 
aid project, childbirth education, and La 
Leche League. Vegetable gardening is the 
family summer project, along with trips to 
Florida and to the Eastern Shore of Mary- 
land. Marty Spangenberg Moore and John 
love Dallas, where he is director of industrial 
relations for Collins Radio. Marty plays lots 
of tennis and shuttles Clay (6) and Stacy (4) 
to swimming lessons. Rab Willis Finlay is 
associate professor of biology at Benedict in 
Columbia. SC, and Kirk is finding that be- 
ing a member of City Council is interesting. 
They are enjoying summer vacations at 
Kanuga, NC, with Kirkman (5) and 
Gwathmey (3). Last summer they made a 
great trip to Canada to salmon fish. Suzy 
Moseley Helm and Pen, their 5 year old 

son, continue to be well and happy in \jou\s- 
ville. Anne Frothingham Cross and Dennis 
are members of the Canterbury Choral So- 
ciety in New York and adore singing with 
the group. Dennis is involved with public 
finance at the First Boston Corp., and Anne 
is enjoying being a mother and decorating 
their new apartment. She does some accom- 
panying on the piano and is on the Benefit 
Committee of the SBC Club in N.Y.C. Susan 
Wilson Ashcom has been in close contact 
with Mary Haskell since they are district 
commissioners of pony clubs in Chariottes- 
ville and Lynchburg respectively. Susan 
passed her real estate brokers license exam 
several months ago. Her daughter Susan is 
in the fifth grade and Robbie is in the third 
grade. Tracy Bean Kenny and Fred with 
their girls Elizabeth (5) and Erin are in 
Princeton, where Fred is counsel for Ameri- 
can Cyanamid's agricultural division. They 
have both fallen in love with country living 
and hope to find a small farm soon. Tracy's 
work in literature at Columbia is temporarily 
in abeyance while the children are young. 
Diana Rediker Slaughter has been president 
of the SBC Club in Birmingham for the past 
two years and is active in civic affairs. She 
has two sons (IV; and 3). Kathy Mockett 
Palmer and Jack live in a great co-op in 
N.Y.C. with Alyson (3). Jack is an account 
executive in advertising at Doyle. Dane. 
Bembach. Kathy is doing consultant work in 
the data processing field and teaches a num- 
ber of EDP courses at Union Carbide and 
ECPI. She is slowly working on her MBA 
part-time at NYU. Terri Fentress Thompson 
had her son by the La Maze method on Fri- 
day, the thirteenth! She recommends the 
method. She plans to work in her Montessori 
pre-school part-time next year, taking her son 
with her. Sandy Sireett Hamrick's mother 
writes that Sandy received her Ph.D. in 
French from Vanderbilt in May. She has 
been doing some part-time teaching at 
Southern Illinois U.. where Bill teaches 
philosophy. Their son Robert (3) is summer- 
ing with the Streetts while Sandy and Bill 
are in Europe. Bill read a paper in Warsaw, 
and after trips to Copenhagen and Amster- 
dam, they will spend the balance of their 
five weeks in France. They have a great 1916 
home near Washington U. in St. Louis. 
Courtenay Sands Wilson continues to love 
Jacksonville and the great weather there. She 
saw Jane Utley Strickler and Lome Lassiter 
Black in Atlanta last fall and Laurie Sanders 
Spratley in Richmond in June. She heard 
from Mary Anne Swaney Burn that she. 
Googan and Willy have moved to Toronto, 
where Googan is opening a branch for 
Chemical Bank. Steve and Courtenay are 
looking forward to a New England trip in 
the fall and will spend a week in Russia in 
November. Carey Judy Weathers and Dallon 
and their year-old son have been going to 
Pawley's often this summer and she is en- 
joying her cute, smart son. In May. Virginia 
Williams Stanley. Peter and their three sons 
left their cabin life in Alaska and moved to 
Richmond, where Peter is working for 
Wheat First Securities and Virginia is ful- 
filled by peanut butter, diapers, spankings 

and skinned knees! She is also having love 
affairs with running water, automatic heat, 
and indoor plumbing, and has loved being 
back amongst family and friends. Cherry 
Brown Peters and Charles are overjoyed 
with their new son Trey. They spent a week 
at her dad's ranch in Texas in March. Ruthie 
Schmidt Igoe and Peter moved to Wilton, 
CT, in April with their tivo children, Mar- 
garet (4'/2) and Jonathan (IVi). Peter is at 
Xerox N. E. regional headquarters in White 
Plains. Martha Madden Swanson, David 
and their children. Sarah and Michael (4) 
moved to a large home in Roxboro, NC, in 
August. David is coordinator of career ser- 
vices at Piedmont Technical Institution 
there, and the entire family really likes being 
in the South. Nancy Dunham received her 
MA in counseling last spring and works for a 
group of eight radiologists. She hopes to con- 
tinue training in transactional analysis and 
bioenergetic work, and enjoys her youth fel- 
lowship work and other church activities. 
Nancy has just returned from Lynchburg 
where she saw Mary Haskell and stayed with 
Kit Baker Sydnor. Kendall and their new 
daughter Jennifer in Forest. Kit helped start 
the Montessori School there and teaches 
riding at Mary Haskell's farm. Sally Dunham 
has been in Syria since March and is just 
finishing work on her second excavation 
there. She hopes to stay on in the Near East 
until next year. Sally Kalber Fiedler, Jay and 
their two children (5 and 3) will move to 
Richmond this fall where Jay will practice 
obstetrics and gynecology. Patty Thomhill 
Edwards and Roger have bought a house at 
Figure 8 Island. SC, and Patty and her four 
children— Daphne (8), Hale (7), Sally Scott 
(4) and Roger (2) will spend the summer 
there water skiing, sailing and crabbing. At 
home in Raleigh, Patty does puppets for 
the Jr. League, plays tennis on the club 
team and takes needlepoint lessons. Roger 
is a corporate attorney there. Gracie Butler 
Johnson and Jo moved into their home in 
Blawenburg, NJ, two years ago, and after 
quitting her job and the Jr. League, Gracie 
is enjoying her puppy, two cats and a large 
vegetable garden. Jo is still working as a 
fund raiser for Princeton. Grade's little 
league baseball team finished 10-0 this 
spring, winning the local national league 
pennant. Last year they won the local World 
Series. Linda Reynolds is still working for 
the executive director of the Kennedy Center 
and loves it. They've just had the Bolshoi 
Ballet. Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn, 
and the Bolshoi Opera. Linda would love to 
see any SBC-ers who are passing through. 
Judy Baker and Nelson DeSouza and their 
two sons (7 and 3) are enjoying life in Rio 
de Janeiro, where Nelson is with Pan Am. 
Susan Sudduth Dodson and Frank are en- 
joying their new daughter Penn. Frank has 
begun his last year of orthopedic residency 
and Susan is working part-time as office 
manager for an orthopedic clinic since they 
are in the midst of installing a new computer 
system. Vicki Chainski Verity had her new 
son three weeks early while visiting her in- 
laws in Ohio. Lin Campbell is the paralegal 
professional for a 16-raan attorney firm 

where she writes deeds, real estate contracts, 
oil and gas land descriptions, etc. She also 
free-lances for magazines and is a volunteer 
at the juvenile probation department. She 
writes that Sandy Hattan Hartuek became 
a mother in Kuwait. Lida Lee Pierce Small. 
Wayne. Kyrsta (7) and Courtney (6) moved 
to Staunton, VA, where they run a Hallmark 
Card Shop with gifts and plants. Helen 
Raney Pinckney, Cotes, Sarah (6) and 
Tommy (4) are moving to a new home in 
Richmond after a vacation in North Caro- 
lina. Anna Bartel Cox, Boyce and Virginia 
Blair (IV-n) love life in Charleston, SC, and 
their 1822 home near the College of Charles- 
ton. Anna has kept busy working with Hot- 
line, a phone counseling service, and serving 
as chairman of a house and garden tour in 
the area. This year she will try to establish 
a model elementary school in the inner city. 
Ellie Gilmore Massie and Adrian are now 
holding the same job in the government 
securities dept. of competing firms. Another 
first for Wall Street! At the last hour Wing 
Todd Sigier writes that Baton Rouge, LA, is 
now home. Ed is an officer with Capital 
Bank, and Wing is curator for the Magnolia 
Mound Plantation House which is a jewel 
of a home located high on a ridge overlook- 
ing the Mississippi River and shaded by 
200-year-old magnolia and oak trees. They 
love B. R. and have been warmly welcomed 
by Gail Robins Constantine and others. 
Anne Ward Stem and husband Stem en- 
joyed a lovely month of June in Charlottes- 
ville. Stem directed two plays for the Heri- 
tage Players there; and they got to see the 
East Coast premiere of A Bird in the Hand, 
the play they translated and adapted. Tom 
and I enjoyed a marvelous visit with Anne, 
Stem, Bitsy Taggart Fitzsimmons, and Bob 
when we were in Indianapolis in May for a 
medical seminar. It was great to see my 
freshman roommate after 12 years, and Anne 
and Bitsy couldn't have provided us with 
more entertainment, Bitsy, Bob, Katie (9) 
and Alex (6) live in Carmel in a beautiful 
new modem home that she designed. Tom 
and the children, Tom (7), Gordon (5), An- 
drew Mead (2'/2) and Meredith (1) and I had 
a very busy and happy last year. For seven 
months until last February we had a young 
foster girl (16) in our family and found the 
experience educational and rewarding, leam- 
ing just how blessed we really are. We had a 
much needed ten-day rest at Hillsboro 
Beach, FL, in March and then took our trip 
to Indy with our two oldest sons in May. 
On the way home we stopped in Cincy to see 
the Reds play and enjoyed a visit with Mutti, 
Marilyn Garabrant Morris' mother. Tom 
continues to stay busy at the thriving Lewis 
Gale Clinic in Salem practicing obstetrics 
and gynecology. My main concern this year 
(other than our family) will be the child ad- 
vocacy field, studying child abuse and neglect 
in the Valley and proposing a project that 
will help alleviate it. 

Reunion will be terrific if all those who 
said they are making plans to come really do 
come. Among those planning to enliven the 
scene are Susan Wilson Ashcom, Courtney 
Sands Wilson, Carey Judy Weathers, Rab 

Willis Finlay, Ann Dreher Brailsford, Helen 
Raney Pinckney, Mary Anne (Coon) Calhoun 
Farmer, Kit Baker Sydnor, Ellie Gilmore 
Massie, Vicki Chainski Verity, and Marilyn 
Garabran t Morris — and you ? 



Page M. Kjellstrom, 2804 Dumbarton Ave., 
N. W., Washington, DC 20007. 
Joanne Hicks Robblee (Mrs. Paul A.), 294 
Four Seasons Dr., Chariottesville, VA 22901. 


Nancy Barnes to Pierte Howard 
Patricia Mast to Kenneth George 
Phyllis Blythin to John H. Ward IV 
Margaret Arnold to James Jackson 
Stuart Davenport to Spencer Simrill 
Sandy Hamilton to Bob Bentley 
Sydney McCampbell to Frederick Glass 
Emy Moravec to J. Williams Holt III 
Frances Gravely to David Frankstone 
Becky Mitchell to Larry Keister 
Schuyler Gott to William C. Herbert II 
Jo Shaw to Ed Robinson 
Mardane Rebentisch to James McLemore 


Samanta Hope to HoWy Hudson Sawin 
Matthew James to Suzanne Elkins Major 
Clark to Fielding Clark Gallivan 
Rebecca Ellen to Wilma Packard Silberbogen 
Thomas Wood, Jr. to Kathy Louis Lovell 
Duncan Elliott to Cindy Cocke Hill 
Todd Palmer to Bonnie Pa/mer McCloskey 
William to Maxcxa Pollock Ragsdale 
Margaret Gaither to Margaret Arnold Jack- 

Charles to BsX^y Edwards Anderson 
Robert S. Ill to Emily GoocA Crenshaw 
Jean to Candace BuAer Chang 
Twin girls to Barbara Waters Larson 
Alexandre Shawn to Jane Richley Rafal 
William Franklin to Mary Jo Petree Murphy 
Leah to Bobbie Be// McCotter 
Sydney Elizabeth to Vieve Minor Moeckel 

Lyn Barr Hoyt and her husband, who is 
studying veterinary medicine, are living in 
New Mexico. Louise Lambert Kale and Pete 
are in Williamsburg where Louise works at 
the W. and M. library while Pete is the local 
bureau chief for the Richmond Dispatch. 
Betty Rau Schewel's husband Marc super- 
vises the four Schewel stores in the Shen- 
andoah Valley. Mary Scales Lawson and 
Jeff are in Lewisburg, where Mary has been 
teaching and founding a tennis club and 
theater ensemble. Jeff is a doctor, perform- 
ing alternate service in a federal women's 
penitentary, after which they plan to move 
to Memphis in early 1976. Terri Eoff Walsh 
works for a construction firm in Harrisburg, 
while David is running for Commonwealth 
Attorney this fall. Tricia Hodge Park seems 
to altemate between caring for a one year 
old and the real estate business. Jo Shaw 
Robinson and Ed are both Wall Street at- 
torneys. Kathy Potterfield is a physical 
therapist in Charleston, WVA, Mardane 



Rebentisch McLemore married Betty's 
brother and has a year-old son. Molly Woltz 
Garrison and Henry moved to Charlotte, 
NC. Ann Purinton is working on her masters 
in Rehabilitation Counseling at BU and 
would like to find a job in Boston afterwards. 
Barbara LaLance Kelly and her husband, 
who is an assist, attorney to the NY Attorney 
General, are moving to Garrison, NY, in 
August. Mary Jo Petree Murphy is running 
after two children. She keeps up with Katy 
Lou Warren, who is a history teacher in 
Nashville. She saw Stuart Camblos Royall. 
who is living in Madison. NC, with Ken. and 
Jennifer, \Vi. Susan Hampton Ver Nooy and 
Stan love their new climate in Fresno, where 
she is a legal secretary trainee and he is in 
computer services. Frances Domette is an 
estate and gift tax attorney for IRS in Cleve- 
land, OH. Nancy Barnes Howard is in the 
trust dept. of an Atlanta bank, while Pierre 
is a lawyer and state senator. Barbara Offutt 
Mathieson is doing research for her disser- 
tation at Stanford. She and Tom ran into 
Ann Gateley, who was on vacation, at the 
Chinese exhibit in San Francisco. Gateley 
is our class physician in second year med 
school at U. of Texas in San Antonio. Kathy 
Pinner is very busy as assistant professor of 
theater-technical direction at the U. of 
Toledo. She managed several weeks in 
Europe last year. Bobbie Bell McCotter is 
playing housewife and mother in Sanford, 
NC, where John is an accountant. Wilma 
Packard Silberbogen reported in from 
Berkeley Heights, NJ. Kay Parham Picha 
and David do a lot of beaching, hiking, 
and camping around Puget Sound. Elizabeth 
Wood is in administration at Deaconess 
Hospital in Cambridge. MA. Jane Gott is a 
French Lit. doctoral student at Indiana in 
Bloomington. Kate Schlech returned from 
Korea in December and is presently in An- 
napolis. She is our new class secretary and 
is excited to be going to W. and L. Law in 
the fall. Barbara Brewster Miller and Win- 
ston are moving to Louisville this fall, where 
he has a job with a law firm. They are taking 
several weeks vacation this summer in New 
Orleans. Brunswick, NJ, is the new home for 
David and Lydia Starnes Roberts, Thur- 
man. 6'/:, and Ashley, 3. Maggie Cooper 
Tyner. Mike, and Rob. 2 are in Clarksdale, 
MS. Maggie successfully runs her gift shop, 
while Mike is in insurance. Man.- Jane Hipp 
is an account executive at Caldwell Compton 
Advertising in the Big Apple. She was 
elected to St. Catherines Board of Trustees 
in Richmond. Debbie Jones is working in the 
Education Measurement and Research Divi- 
sion of American Medical Colleges Assoc, 
in DC. Jony Hicks Robblee. Paul, and Clay, 
2, are at West Point, where Paul teaches 
law. Bonnie Palmer McCloskey and Tom 
designed their new house and moved to W. 
Palm Beach. I talked to Lorie Harrie at her 
surprise birthday party in July. Despite a 
broken elbow she got from falling off a bike. 
she is becoming co-manager of the American 
Indian Arts shop in Vail. This spring she 
had a trip to the South Pacific. Patricia 
Mast George had a Caribbean honeymoon 
and is an assistant VP of a Houston bank. 


Marcia Pollock Ragsdale saw Salli Shrop- 
shire Lagrone and Fielding Clark Gallivan. 
who both have 1'/: year olds. Salli was on a 
brief U.S. visit and then back to London. 
Fielding is an insurance coordinator in 
Greenville, SC. where her husband is assist. 
VP at CNB. Fran Griffith works for Moodys 
Investors Services and is active in the NY 
Jr. League and SBC Alumnae. She met Carey 
Cleveland Clarke, May Humphreys Fox, and 
Ann Gateley at Katie McCardell Webb's in 
C'ville prior to reunion. Katie and May and 
husbands are all moving to Richmond in 
September. May completed her masters in 
social planning and is going into health 
planning area, while Charlie has a job with 
F/M Bank. Connie Haskell still teaches 
Montessori in Atlanta and is travelling to 
Martha's Vineyard with Kim Muller-Thym 
and then on to Maine with Mary Jane Hipp 
and Wallis Wickham. Wallis has moved to 
Boston, teaching tennis for the summer and 
starting B.U. for masters in Guidance and 
Counseling. Island life in Galveston agrees 
with Bill and Monnie Brown Groos. While 
Bill is second year med. Monnie reviews 
books and films for public libran,'s refer- 
ence dept. and does some amateur painting 
on the side. While living in Annapolis, 
Louise Hayman keeps the Maryland National 
Trust running and her 6-year old daughter 
keeps her running. Kathy Barnes Hendricks 
gives French cooking lessons and is Atlanta's 
gourmet at Cooks Comer. She and Pete have 
gradually been restoring their new house. 
Holly Hudson Sawin and Harry have lived 
in Pennsylvania. Jamaica, volunteered with 
Project Hope, and are in Wichita Falls pre- 
paring to return to Philadelphia, where 
Harrv', who is in internal medicine, will be 
chief resident at U. of Penn. Cathie Kelly 
is a doctoral art history candidate at Penn 
State, a member of Phi Kappa Phi, and 
presently is a Fullbright Fellow in Rome. 
Jane Lewis Seaks and Terry teach at UNC- 
Greensboro and are busy organizing their 
new house. Betty McKee reaped even more 
from her job as a VP at Chase Manhatten. 
She is marrying Douglas Werlinich in 
August, after which they will move to Lon- 
don where Doug is assistant general manager 
of Chase London. Suzanne Elkins Major is 
a hospital chemistry lab supervisor in Gua- 
dalajara, while her husband is in med school. 
Margaret Arnold Jackson and James live in 
Macon, GA. Margaret received a special ed 
degree and is a special consultant. Baird 
Hunter teaches French in Va. Beach and 
does research for the public schools. Phyllis 
Blythin Ward is director of the Louisville 
Art Center Assoc. She sees Elizabeth Wood 
when she is home from Boston and Kathy 
Rose Marshall and David, who live there 
with their little girl, Audrey. Spencer and 
Stuart Davenport Simrill moved to Georgia 
after a European trip last summer. Erica 
Retter writes she finished her B.A. at Ohio 
State, spent a year in Paris, works for some 
doctors in Columbus, and plans to move to 
DC in September and go to Georgetown U. 
while working for an import-export firm. 
Kathy Cummings Catlin teaches third grade 
in Hingham while Chip is completing his 

MBA at Babson. Sandy Hamilton Bentley 
finished at St. Andrews and lives near Stir- 
ling. Scotland, with husband Boh who works 
for a U.S. company. She lectures in history 
at a nearby college. Sydney McCampbell 
Glass works part-time in an Atlanta private 
school, while Fred is in commercial real 
estate. Debbie Warren Rommel writes she 
still teaches third grade in Houston, and 
Ross is Assist. DA. They move into a new 
house in August. Richmond has also ac- 
quired Bob and Emily Gooch Crenshaw-. 
After being stationed in Europe three years, 
now Bob is employed by DuPont while Emily 
plays mother. Candace Buker Chang says 
she job hunts while Franklin is Ph.D. candi- 
date at MIT. Travel is Heather Tully Click's 
game. She is now in Carmel, but will follow 
her navy pilot husband to San Francisco, 
Pearl Harbor, and Philippines. She is a case 
worker for the Welfare Dept. and spends 
much time showing her horse. Put Mundy 
Ebinger and Charley are Ph.D. candidates 
at Fletchers Law and Diplomacy School. She 
worked at Goucher prior to their recent move 
to Silver Spring, MD. where Charley is with 
FEA. I am sure you all read about Karen 
Hartnett's successful activities at SBC in 
Financial Aid and Career Counseling. In 
September she begins U.Va. grad school to 
study part-time toward an M.Ed, degree. 
Tennis, handsewing. and three children are 
Barbara Waters Larson's pastimes in Mont- 
gomen-. Lalita Shenoy Waterman and Rick 
both are third year law in Sacramento. She 
was class president last year and probably 
will take a job with a local attorney. They 
spent Christmas in India before traveling 
in Europe. Frances Gravely Frankstone does 
hospital PR work as well as graduate stu- 
dies at UNC. After the Bar Exam David 
will be an associate in a Chapel Hill law 
firm. They are looking forward to the SBC 
alum trip to Mexico. She reports Emy 
Moravec Holt left her hospital job to enjoy 
leisure life while Bill is a physician in Chapel 
Hill. Jessica Holzer LaPierre works for First 
National Bank in New York, where Bruce is 
a Ph.D. candidate at Columbia. Frances 
reports that a large SBC contingent was 
present for Tricia Mast's wedding. Kim 
Mitchell Bethea's husband was there, but he 
left Kim in Kansas. Kristin Hergog Mot- 
singer is in Ticonderoga. NY. where she 
works in a printing business, draws maps 
for the county, and teaches at a local com- 
munity college. John runs his radio sta- 
tion. Kristin started an annual arts fes- 
tival. This year she added belly dancing to 
the events. Watermelon is not Di Councill's 
favorite birthday present except when it con- 
tains an engagement ring. She is marrying 
George Michael Sweeney in April. They hope 
to remain near Boston where Di fiys for Pan 
Am. Jane Richley Rafal is studying ballet 
in New York while Marchall runs his own 
computer software firm. Nia Eldridge Eaton 
is a customer relations rep and Gil is a re- 
search associate. She is working on our new- 
class directory. Dayna Kinnard is an attorney 
in the General Counsel's office of GAO in 
D.C. Elsay<)«es Forter is a phonocardiogram 
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Travel for all Seasons . . . 

Programs, prices and dates are subject to confirmation. 

Cancun, Mexico 

Jan. 19-26, 1976 

Round-trip jet transportation via 
Braniff International Airways. Dul- 
les Departure. Hotel Accommoda- 
tions at El Presidente, Cancun 
Caribe, Playa Blanca (or similar). 
$299 plus 15% tax and service per 
person, double occupancy. 


August 9-17, 1976 

Round-trip jet transportation via 
TIA, Dulles departure. Accommoda- 
tions and four dinners. $369 plus 
15% tax and service per person, 
double occupancy. 


Congratulations to Virginia Quintard 
Bond '31 of Dedham, Mass.. who was the top 
bulb seller for 1975. with sales of $3,618.80. 
She will receive a one-week trip to Holland 
in April 1976 when the tulips will be in full 

(Continued from page 32.) 
technician in Hingham, MA. and her hus- 
band is a law student at Hobart. Margaret 
Sharp Howell is a graduate teaching assistant 
in Italian at U.T. and her husband is an 
architecture student. In Atlanta. Becky 
Mitchell Keister is a registered rep for a 
NYSE firm in the institutional dept. Last I 
heard. Miffy Walton Bright was working 
hard on restoring their new house in Phily. 
Julia Northrup Marshall is a savings bank 
consultant in Oregon and her husband is a 
journalist. Sarah Watson is a private school 
librarian in Omaha after getting her M.S. 
Katie Harris is a reporter for the St. Peters- 
burg Times. Allen Lybrook has a house in 
Jacksonville and works for Delta. She often 
gets to Richmond to visit her brother, Kathie 
Kraemer Quayle is a data analyst in Houston, 
where Wayne is an electrical engineer. They 
had a spring holiday in Mexico. St. Louis is 
the residence of Schuyler Gott Herbert, who 
is assistant trust officer for Mercantile Bank. 
Her husband is an account exec for White 
Weld. She acts in amateur theater and works 
on preservation of historic sites. Cindy Cocke 
Hill keeps track of two sons while Patrick is 
a civil engineer in Decatur. GA. As for my- 
self, I adore D.C., still play lots of tennis, 
had one vacation to Bermuda, am active in 
the Jr. League, and work for Lone Star Gas 
Co. I spend much time in New York and see 
Corbin Kendig. who enters U.Va. Business 
in September, and Jo Prevost who is very 
successful in Public Affairs at Chemical 
Bank. She gets to D.C. often for hearings on 
the Hill. 1 gather 27 attended reunion and it 
was a success. Appreciate your answers to 
my frantic notes for news in my new capa- 


Vienna Adventure 

April 27-May 5, 1976. 
Round-trip jet transportation via 
TIA, Dulles departure. Deluxe hotel 
accommodations. Continental break- 
fast daily. City sight-seeing tour. 
$399 plus 15% tax and service per 
person, double occupancy. 


October 1-8, 1976. 

Arrangements incomplete. Pro- 
grams, prices, and dates are sub- 
ject to confirmation. 



Liz Thomas, 200 C St., SE, Apt. 104 Wash- 
ington. DC 20003. 
Fund Agent 

Phyllis Becker. 741-E. Mountain Wood Rd. 
Charlottesville, VA 22901. 


Beth Burton toJuanRuintana of Brazil 
Julie Cooper to Donald Craig Morcom of 
Lynchburg. VA 

Jennifer Erickson to Stuart W. J. Smith of 

Mary Fantone to John Andrew Bowersett 
Davies, Jr. of Virginia Beach, VA 
Cynthia Harrell to Robert J. Hodges of High 
Ridge. MO 

Ann Pritchett to Woodie Van Horn of New 
Orleans, LA 

Jan Renne to William Kile of Port Huron. 

Liz Thomas to Jack Camp of Moreland. GA 
Marion Van Horn to Lee Egan of New Or- 
leans, LA 

Ruthie Willingham to Julian Carr Lentz. 
IIKJay) of Maryville, TN 


Barbara Ashton to Charles Scott Schiller of 
Fort Morgan, CO 

Ellen Bass to Charles James Brady of Nor- 
folk, VA 

Cheryl Battin to Craig McKinley 
Betsy Biggar to Ted Hellmuth of Cleveland, 

Pat Carroll to Bruce Bankenstein of Pitts- 
burgh, PA 

Sue Castle to Jerry Hines of Pittsburgh. PA 
Robin Christian to John Edward Ryan. Jr. of 
Philadelphia. PA 
Leslie Elbert to David Ronald Hill 
Joan Goldsworthy to Carlton V. Carver 
Karen Greer to David Gay 
Deborah M. Griffin to Allen C. Tanner. 
Jr. of Newport News. VA 
Cynthia Hardy to David Cassatt McCabe 
Debbie Hooker to Gary W. Sauers 
Ms. Tracy James to Kevin T. Collins 
Eleanor Magruder to Sandy Harris 
Ann Massie to Lewis Carter Addison of Am- 
herst. VA 
Tana Meier to Frank D. Parseliti 

Beth Meyer to Gerald "Chip" Francis Cos- 
tello, Jr. of Worcester, MA 
Laura Murray to Richard S. Abernathy of 
Birmingham, AL 
Laura McMillen to Dave Fischer 
Sally Rebentisch to John D. Randolph of 
Alexandria, VA 

Betsy Redwine to Ralph Edward Garner of 
Winston-Salem, NC 

Mary Ann Reese to Dr. William Norman 
Floyd, Jr. 

Mary Reid to Frank Wemyss Roach of Rich- 
mond. VA 

Colleen Shannon to Dwight Robertson 
Susan Stephens to Mark Stewart Geyer of 
Wichita Falls. TX 

Donna Lee Slingerland to Timothy Kevin 

Christopher Matthew Horwege to Ronald 
and Sandra Horwege, June 24, 1975. 
Ami Shawn Callery to Timothy and Donna 
Slingerland Callery, Feb. 8. 1975. 

To begin on an "official note," our Class 
of '74 Member of the Board. Marcia Bran- 
denburg, wrote. "Have been to two Over- 
seer's Meetings now and am fascinated — If 
anyone has any comments or suggestions 
they would like voiced at the fall meeting. 
I hope they will feel free to write and tell 
me. I'd be glad to do what I can — the Over- 
seers are anxious for student and alumnae 
input!" Marcia is working as a staffing 
analyst at New England Life Insurance Co. 
(38 Newbert Ave.. South Weymouth. Mass. 

Numerous members of the Class of '74 
have traveled to "far away lands." Roughing 
it and building a home in the "Land of Op- 
portunity" — Alaska — are Christine Cum- 
mings Bass and Wayne. Christine is selling 
real estate and Wayne is a "fighter pilot de- 
fending our border." Following a June wed- 
ding — SBC reunion (Paula Hollingsworth, 
Liz Thomas, Edie McRee, Emory Furniss, 
Mary Witt. Sandra Taylor, Julie Cooper and 
Marian Walker '72) in Tuscalossa — Bar- 
bara Ashton Schiller and Scott are living 
in Hawaii. Barbara is an accounting clerk at 
Pioneer Electric of Honolulu, and Scott is a 
petty officer first class in the U.S. Navy, 
serving on the nuclear submarine. U.S.S. 

Jennifer Erickson and Blaine Converse 
are in England: Jennifer will complete stu- 
dies for her master's degree in financial 
management in Dec. '75; Blaine is traveling 
throughout Samos, Greece, for four weeks, 
then "I return to London to do some model- 
ing and then some acting. It will be jolly 
hard going, but it's what I love to do." This 
fall. Colleen Dee Butterick and Merle will 
be moving to Germany, where they hope to 
do some traveling. 

After completion of a course in which she 
taught English to Japanese at the U. of 
Michigan, Vicki Bates will finish up her 
M.A. in Linguistics and move to Paris, this 
fall. For the past year Claire Sandifer has 
been living in an apartment near the Bois de 
Boulogne at the Porte d'Auteuil of Paris, 
She is a hostess-receptionist in an English 

International Law firm — Clifford & Turner. 
Claire writes that she has "kept pretty busy" 
with La Vie Parisienne — le cinema, le 
theatre, les concerts et le ballet. Betsy 
Roberts, Joan Buckley and Connie Norweb 
have all stopped by to visit her during their 
travels abroad. 

Kelly Borrowman, who is in the Peace 
Corps, wrote, "This past year I have been 
living and teaching in Dahpebinaw munici- 
pality on Yap proper. I live with a family of 
12 in a tin and bamboo one-room hut on a 
hill ... I teach oral English, reading and 
music — grades 1 through 6. With the excep- 
tion of oral English I use Yapese both dur- 
ing class and recess. When I began teaching, 
my biggest cause of frustration was my lim- 
ited command of the Yapese language 
... It is frustrating to realize that you have 
skills and ability to offer yet are handicapped 
by lack of verbal communication . . . ." 

WEST — ^The expression, "Go West, young 
man. Go West," did not stop Nancy, Ann, 
Julie or Jan. Aside from her job as a Lab 
Technician at an Animal Medical Qinic in 
Albuquerque, Nancy Lea has been jogging, 
camping, and snow skiing throughout New 
Mexico — her latest adventure was to Mexico. 
After a summer in Europe, Ann Smith will 
return to the American Graduate School of 
International Management (Thunderbird, 
Ariz.) to complete work for her master's de- 
gree. Living in Newport Beach, CA, is Jan 
Renne who is a loan officer for a finance 
company. Julie Shuer will attend U.S.C. in 
the fall to earn her master's degree in Oc- 
cupational Therapy. This past year Julie 
lived in a Jewish cooperative in Cleveland 
and worked in a training program for re- 
tarded adults. To celebrate their first wed- 
ding anniversary, July 5, 1975, Jane Hutcher- 
son Frierson and Allen vacationed in San 
Diego. Since then, Jane and Allen have 
moved to Louisiana, where Allen is stationed 
in the Air Force. 

Some former members of our class are 
now living out West. Tracy James has been 
working in Denver for an insurance com- 
pany and plans to do graduate work in Art 
Therapy in Sept. '76. Karen Fennell grad- 
uated from Colorado College in '74 and now 
is a management trainee at the First Na- 
tional Bank of Denver. She wrote that she 
is the proud owner of a black thoroughbred 
mare, named Tasia, which she is showing 
hunter-jumper in Colorado. Anita Garrity 
is employed at Doyle Dane Bernbach Ad- 
vertising Agency in Los Angeles and will be 
a student at the U. of California there this 
fall. Lisa Martin, an Art History graduate of 
U.S.C, is presently living and working in 

MIDWEST— In the vicinity of the "Windy 
City" are Laurie Epstein, Nancy Hardt, and 
Robin Christian Ryan. In March, Laurie 
was elected to the Junior Board of Directors 
of the English Speaking Union of Chicago. 
"Doctor" Nancy completed her first year 
of medical school at Loyola University and 
went on vacation in Quebec with Elaine 
Mills. In the fall, Nancy will represent Loyola 
at the Organization of Student Representa- 
tives of the American Association of Medical 

Colleges, and will hold a position on Loyola's 
Admissions Committee. Following a honey- 
moon trip to Disneyland, L.A., and San 
Francisco. Robin Christian Ryan and Jerry 
have settled in their downtown Chicago 
apartment. Robin is a paralegal, associated 
with the law firm of Chapman & Cutler. 
Jerry, a graduate of Wharton Business 
School in Philadelphia, is in the Credit 
Dept. of the Continental Illinois Bank. 

In Springfield is Deborah Pelham who is 
working as a social worker for the State of 
Illinois Department of Children and Family 
Services. Back in Wisconsin, Hannah Pills- 
bury has assumed a government position, 
as Treasurer at the City Hall of her home 
town, Mequon. 

Look out Ohio State and U. of Mich.! 
Here come Cathy and Chris Weiss. Inter- 
estingly enough, they are both entering simi- 
lar departments this fall as masters' candi- 
dates — Environmental Sciences. Betsy Biggar 
Helmuth is employed as a research analyst 
in the marketing department of Wyse Ad- 
vertising Agency of Qeveland, and Ted 
works in the Credit Dept. for the Cleveland 
Trust. Living in Shaker Heights, OH, is 
Sarah Johnston — she will be taking the 
International Montessori Training Course 
in Bergamo, Italy, next year. Jane Piper is 
the administrative assistant to the executive 
director of the St. Louis Chapter of the 
American Institute of Architects. She is a 
member of the Junior League and has been 
re-elected the president of the St. Louis 
SBC Alumnae Club. Cindy Sorenson Suther- 
land is doing psychodrama therapy with 
inmates at the Kansas State Penitentiary, 
while Dwight attends law school at the U. 
of Kansas. 

Former classmate, Barbara Moore re- 
ceived an M.A. at Ball State U. in May '75 
and begins counseling and guidance at In- 
diana U., Bloomington Campus, in Septem- 
ber. Cathy Flaitz is in her second year a1 
Creighton's Dental School in Omaha, NE. 

SOUTHWEST— "Deep in the Heart of 
Texas" are Ann Stuart McKie, Meredith 
Thompson, and Anne Florow. Ann Stuart 
has been working for a market research 
company in Dallas and is tutoring two little 
girls "en francais." Upon receiving her visa. 
she will leave for Tours, where she will be 
employed as a secretary-translator Girl Fri- 
day — she will be living there with her Junior 
Yr. in France family. Meredith is a social 
caseworker in protective services for the 
Dept. of Public Welfare — she works with 
abused and neglected children. Anne Florow 
is a counselor in a psychiatric program for 
emotionally disturbed teenagers. She wrote, 
"We're camping, skiing, canoeing, climbing 
and backpacking all over the country . . . 
great therapy for kids in trouble." Follow- 
ing graduation, Mary Ann Reese Floyd 
went to work for the law firm of Vinson, 
Elkins. Searls. Connally & Smith in Houston. 
Beth Meyer and Beth Burton were brides- 
maids in her June 26. 1975 wedding. 

Some former classmates have settled in 
Texas. Leslie Elbert Hill is a Braniff air- 
line stewardess, and her husband. David, 
works for General Electric. Susan Stephens 

Geyer is the Curator of Education at the 
Wichita Falls Museum and Art Center. This 
past summer she finished up her master's 
course work in art history at Geo. Washing- 
ton U. and will work on her thesis concur- 
rently with her job at the museum. Joan 
Goldsworthy Carver and Carlton, an ensign 
in the US Navy, are living in Texas where he 
is stationed for flight training. In '72 Cynthia 
Harrell received her A. A. degree from 
Schreiner Junior College in Kerrville, TX, 
and then in '74 graduated from the U. of 
Missouri with a major in journalism. She 
then worked for the Gallup, NM, newspaper 
as the society editor, police reporter and 
photographer. Presently she is the nightside 
reporter for a newspaper in San Angelo, TX. 
SOUTH — Following a trip to Nassau this 
summer, Ann Pritchett is in New Orleans 
working in public relations for Duplantier 
Insurance Agency. Marion Van Horn, also 
in New Orleans, spent some time this sum- 
mer vacationing with her family in Florida. 
In the Atlanta area are Rossie Ray, Ellen 
McMillan and Ellie Plowden. Rossie is 
employed by Frank B. Hall Insurance 
Brokerage Firm and is beginning work on 
her master's in business administration at 
Georgia State U. Ellen has completed her 
first year at Emory U. Law School and is 
now in the joint master's in business admini- 
stration and J. D. program. In April Ellie 
Plowden traveled to NYC to attend soprano, 
Beverly Sills', debut performance before the 
Metropolitan Opera in The Siege of Corinth. 
She then traveled to Greece and England 
and has returned to Griffin, GA, where she 
has her own house and photography studio. 
Betsy Redwine and Reg Gamer were married 
on May 24, 1975 and are living in Winston- 
Salem. NC. 

Former classmates, Laura Murray Aber- 
nethy and Mary Lib Holman are in Birming- 
ham. Laura will continue at Cumberland 
Law School of Samford U. after a brief wed- 
ding recess of one semester. Mary Lib Hol- 
man recently took a holiday from her job 
with ALA BANCORP for a vacation in 
Washington, where she ran into Liz Thomas 
in the Senate Cafeteria. Colleen Shannon 
Robertson is back in school at U.N.C., 
Chapel Hill, where she will finish course 
work for her B.A. in May '76. She works at 
Duke Hospital as a recreation therapist on 
the psychiatric wards, and coaches the 
"Nereidians," the synchronized swimming 
team. Her husband Dwight is a 4th year 
medical student at Duke. Following a recent 
trip throughout the Southeast, to Washing- 
ton, and to NYC, Laura Elkins returned to 
Oxford, MS, and is a free-lance architect. 
She has completed the design and construc- 
tion of a Visitor' Center for the town square 
of Oxford and has drawn up plans for the 
restoration of a Georgia country home for 
Liz Thomas and her fiance. Jack Camp. 

EAST — Two classmates, Laura McMillen 
Fischer and Drea Peacock Bender, cele- 
brated their first wedding anniversaries on 
June 8, 1975. Laura and Dave, who is in the 
Navy, have moved three times in the past 
year — twice in Maryland — and now they 
reside in Ballston Spa, NY. This summer 


Drea and Mark lived in Oakland. NJ. while 
Mark worked for the Wall Street firm of 
Seward and Kissell. Drea will return to her 
job with the Graduate School of Arts and 
Sciences at Harvard when Mark begins his 
final year of law school. Mary Lee Burch 
Weil is working as an assistant manager in 
a dress shop in Painted Post. NY. She hopes 
to substitute teach and finish some graduate 
work in education. Since June '74 Kristin 
'Amylon has been a glass conservator and 
registrar assistant at Corning, NY. Museum 
of Glass. In September she will be working 
toward her master's in history of art at the 
U. of Binghamton. 

Following a honeymoon trip to San Fran- 
cisco, Las Vegas, Maui and Waikiki. HL 
Tana Meier Parseliti and Frank reside in 
Glastonbury. CT. Since returning from a 
year in Paris, Joan Buckley is in the Boston 
area job-hunting, in hopes of "doing some- 
thing with my French." Jesse Stewart is the 
secretary to the vice president and treasurer 
of the First Federal Savings of Boston. Beth 
Meyer Costello and Chip are living in Wor- 
cester. MA. where Chip will begin his sec- 
ond year teaching English to high school 
students. Chip is a '74 graduate of W. and L. 

Kirk Coleman is a receptionist in Fox 
Chapel, PA, for a small animal veterinarian 
and hopes to get her master's in animal be- 
havior under the supervision of the same 
vet. She wrote, "I bought a young thorough- 
bred race horse — my first horse finally! I 
have been schooling him . . . for hunting 
this fall." Penny Lagakos is a curator trainee 
in the Museum of Philadelphia Civic Center. 
She is helping to plan a Bi-Centennial Ex- 
hibit entitled. "Design for Fun," which will 
open in January '76. In the autumn of 1974 
Penny traveled to the Yucatan. Mexico, and 
Central America with students studying the 
Mayan civilization. Since graduating in 1974 
from the U. of Delaware with a major in 
chemistry. Pat Carroll Bankenstein works 
in Pittsburgh for a chemical company as a 
chemist. Her husband Bruce is a law student 
at the U. of Pittsburgh. Donna Slingerland 
Callery graduated from Emerson College in 
Boston with a B.S. in communication dis- 
orders. Presently she is doing graduate work 
at Rutgers U. in her field, in connection 
with an internship at J.F.K. Hospital in 
Edison. NJ. 

NYC— "East Side. West Side, All around 
the Town" are Sweet Briar girls. After re- 
ceiving her New York Real Estate Sales 
License in Nov. '74. Nancy Mortensen is an 
Associate Realtor with the Long Island 
Board of Realtors. Not far away is Cathy 
Bonis, who has been employed as a claims 
adjuster in an insurance company in Long 
Island — she has recently enrolled in a secre- 
tarial program at Katie Gibbs. Helen Travis 
is the Secretary to both the Broadcast Ser- 
vice Manager and the head of Public Rela- 
tions of the Advertising Council. This is a 
public service organization that advertises 
for the Red Cross, fire prevention, and con- 
servation. Bonnie Chronowski is a legal as- 
sistant for Webster Sheffield, the law firm 
of John V. Lindsay, former Mayor of N.Y.C. 
She recently attended the wedding of Sue 


Castle where she reminisced with C.A. 
Kroese. Morty, Pam Cogghill, Cindy Conroy, 
Debbie Hooker Sauers and Maureen Hynes. 
Sue White is an administrative trainee at 
the State National Bank of Connecticut. She 
and Bonnie are planning a vacation to the 
Virgin Islands in October. 

Andria Francis is continuing to study for 
her master's degree in psychology at the New 
School for Social Research. She had a re- 
union at SBC in April with some friends — 
Marcia Brandenburg, Sharon Mangus. 
Checka Robbin. Terry Lear. Linda Kemp. 
Mort. Phyllis Becker and Kathy Telfer. 
Jana Sawicki has been awarded a fellowship 
for next year from Columbia U., where she 
is working on her doctorate in Philosophy. 
She has been tutoring and in August, she 
took a bicycle trip throughout the Northeast 
and Canada. 

WASHINGTON— Kate Sulzberger Levi, 
wife of Attorney General Edward Levi, is 
not the only Sweet Briar graduate to grace 
the Washington area with her presence. 
Many seem to come to our nation's capitol 
from near and far for political adventure 
and excitement. Working for several of the 
administrative agencies are Edie McRee. 
Bonnie Cochrane, and Sally Clary. While 
employed by the Environmental Protection 
Agency. Edie is doing some part-time course 
work for her master's degree in art history 
and muscology at George Washington U. She 
is a volunteer docent at the Hirshhorn Mu- 
seum and Sculpture Garden. Sally Clary is 
employed by the Federal Insurance Adminis- 
tration, a part of the Department of Housing 
and Urban Development. Bonnie has re- 
cently been accepted into the Transporta- 
tion Management Intern Program, a two 
year study and training program, sponsored 
by the government. 

Working for the United States Senate are 
Marilynn Marshall. Ruthie Willingham, and 
Liz Thomas. Marilynn is affiliated with the 
Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Aside 
from her job on Senator Baker's staff, 
Ruthie Willingham was a bridesmaid in 
Robin Christian Ryan's wedding where she 
visited with Ann Pritchett, Nancy Lea, 
Laurie Krecker, Mary Minor Scatterfield, 
and Mary Shaw Halsey. Her other trips in- 
clude jaunts to Augusta. GA: Pawley's 
Island. SC; and Knoxville, TN. In April. 
Liz Thomas took a leave of absence from 
Senator McClellan's office to represent the 
State of Arkansas as a Page to the 84th 
Continental Congress of the DAR in Wash- 
ington. Her travels for pleasure and to keep 
up with those "Boxwoodites" have taken 
her to: Sweet Briar. Charlottesville. Wil- 
liamsburg and the Tidewater area of Vir- 
ginia; Beech Mt., N.C.. for a skiing trip; 
Griffin and Newnan, GA; Chattanooga and 
Memphis, TN; Oxford, MS; Birmingham 
and Tuscaloosa, AL; Martha's Vineyard, 
MA; Little Rock, AR; and Chicago. Also a 
Page to the DAR Congress was Sally 
Rebentisch Randolph representing the State 
of Mississippi. Sally has finished her master's 
program in elementary education at Geo. 
Washington U. 

Barb Hansen Smith will begin this fall in 

the Georgetown School of Nursing Program. 
Her husband Bill is associated with the law | 
firm of Debevoise and Liberman in Wash- i 
ington. after graduating with a J.D. degree 
from U.Va. Debbie Hooker Sauers is living 
in Laurel, MD, and hopes to be working 
with 13-17 year old retarded children in ' 
Annapolis. Following her graduation from 
Geo. Washington U.. Laurene Sherlock has 
spent her summer traveling. i 

VA — After spending those years in the . 
foothills of the Blue Ridge, we all have the 
desire to return. Ellen Bass Brady is em- 
ployed by the Virginia National Bank of 
Norfolk. She and Charles have bought an 
old three story house there and are busy 
cleaning, painting, and decorating it. Also 
at Virginia National Bank of Norfolk is 
Mary Fantone. who is a management 
trainee. Lee Wilkinson Warren has been 
enjoying her summer tutoring French and 
wrote, "Charles and I are trying our hand 
at gardening for the first time — it is proving 
quite rewarding." Deborah Griffin Tanner 
has been a probation officer for a year 
and is looking for a new job in the field of 
social services. 

Ann Massie and Lewis Addison were 
married in the Sweet Briar Chapel on 
August 3. 1974. and Julie Cooper is a social 
worker at Lynchburg Training School. 

SBC — Keeping those home fires burning 
are Janie Reeb, Susie Fitzgerald. Jane 
Maloney, Sandra Taylor, Elizabeth Andrews, 
Kathy Kavanagh, and Sandra Horwege. 
Jane, Sandra Taylor, Susie, and Janie will 
be traveling throughout the country for the 
Admissions Office. Sandra wrote, "There's 
a great new freshman class coming, and I 
can't wait to see them." Elizabeth is in the 
Career Counseling Ofc. Kathy, the Asst. to 
the President, has started working toward 
her master's degree at Lynchburg College, 
is doing volunteer work at the Fine Arts Cen- 
ter of L'burg. and is a member of the Junior 
League. Last year Sandra Horwege was a 
graduate student in German at U.Va., but 
her full-time studies have been postponed 
by the birth of Christoper Matthew. This 
fall she will be the assistant in the Art His- 
tory Dept. 

C'VILLE— Our candidates at U. VA. for 
masters' degrees are: Mary Shaw Halsey — 
Architecture; Kathy Telfer — Counseling; 
Sandra Herring — Math; Anita Brosius — 
Special Education; Linda Hogle — Speech 
Pathology. Mary Shaw was an intern this 
summer with the Richmond Dept. of City 
Planning, and Sandra will teach two sec- 
tions of first-semester calculus this fall. Fol- 
lowing a year as a teaching assistant in 
Spanish at U. VA., Cynthia Hardy McCabe 
is a "periodicals librarian" at W & L. Daun 
Thomas Marshall has been on buying trips 
to New York for her shop, the Chimney 
Corner — and has been designing displays 
and ads. 

After completing her first year in medical 
school, Mary Witt was a counselor this 
summer at Camp Holiday Trails for physi- 
cally handicapped and disabled children. 
She was a riding instructor, drama coach, . 
and newspaper editor. w 

1976 Sweet Briar Alumnae Directory 

A new Sweet Briar Alumnae Direc- 
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be the largest and most complete di- 
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through August 31, 1975. All alumnae 
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names with classes and addresses. In 

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with maiden names, classes and ad- 
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geographically by states and cities, as 
well as by classes. 

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75 th 

Dear Alumnae, 

Now more than ever we can honestly say, "It's not 
just the gift, it's that vow give." 

When you give this year, your gift counts in two im- 
portant ways: as a contribution to the $10 million 75th 
Anniversary Program and as a part of the goal of 75% 
alumnae participation in the Alumnae Fund for 1975- 

Ambitious goals are the order of business as Sweet 
Briar winds up to wind down its 75th Anniversary Cam- 
paign. As Chairman of the Alumnae Fund of the Alum- 
nae Association, I am proud to announce the drive for 
75% alumnae participation in this 75th Anniversary 

This percentage is not only an all-time high for Sweet 
Briar, it would also be a never-before-accomplished feat 
for any college institution, according to statistics at 
Alumnae House. 

To date, December 1975, the Sweet Briar alumnae 
account for over 36% of the 75th Anniversary Cam- 
paign total. By asking that alumnae consider doubling 
their last year's or former gift to Sweet Briar and by en- 
couraging alumnae who have not given in the past to 
become interested in the College, the Alumnae Fund 
Committee hopes to achieve its most ambitious goal 
ever: a significant contribution to the Anniversary Cam- 
paign with a great and new 75% participation from 
our alumnae. 

Be one of the 75% for the 75th. Every gift counts. 
Yours especially. 


Mary LeeMcGinnis McClain '54 
Chairman, Sweet Briar Alumnae 
Fund Committee 

Mrs. Frank McClain 

Volume 46, Number 2, Winter 1976 
Editor: Catharine Fitzgerald Booker '47 
Managing Editor: Ann Morrison Reams '42 
Class Notes Editor: Carolyn Bates 

Sweet Briar College provides notice of in- 
tent to comply with regulations effectuating 
Title IX of the Higher Education Amend- 
ments of 1972, as amended by Public Law 
93-568. We intend to adhere to the letter 
and spirit of the law through a policy of 
non-discrimination on the basis of sex in all 
college operations. This policy applies in 
particular to our education program, to em- 
ployees therein and to admissions thereto 
save where excepted under subpart C 86.15 
(a). Sweet Briar further adheres to a policy 
of non-discrimination on the basis of race, 
color, national or ethnic origin with respect 
to its educational program and activities, 
employees, financial aid awards and admis- 


2 A Dig is Not a Picnic 

By Kenneth T. Wright, Jr, 

5 Caesarea Journal 

By Gregory T, Armstrong 

9 Another Export: Youth, Grace and Good Will 
By Carol Qement '75 

13 Alumnae Notices 

14 Briar Patches 

20 Whowas Witherspoon? 

30 Two Out of 161 

Interview with Nella Gray Barkley '55 

33 "Another damned, thick, square book!" 

36 The Renaissance Woman 

By Edith Davis Whiteman 

38 1975 Alumnae Award 

39 Be A Friend of the Library . . . 

40 The Editor's Room 

Issued four times yearly: fall, winter, spring and summer, by 
Sweet Briar College. Second class postage paid at Sweet Briar, 
Virginia 24595, and at additional mailing offices. Printed by 
J. P. Bell & Co., Inc., Lynchburg, Va. Send Form 3579 to 
Sweet Briar College, Box E, Sweet Briar, Virginia 24595. 

Corrections to Calendar Issue 

Herewith your designer's apologies for errors of both omission 
and commission in the Fall issue: The Easter date we gave (25 
April 1976) is that of the Orthodox Church; the western Easter 
is a week before, 18 April. January Forum will take place on 18 
January 1976. Hansford should be spelt Hanford on 12 February. 
Finally, those of you born on 22 August will celebrate your birth- 
days on Sunday. It was entirely accidental that the designer, who 
will be 51 that day, seemed to be seizing the chance of a lifetime. 
But it probably wouldn't have worked, anyway. 


Faculty members Ken Wright (1.) and Greg Armstrong have been 
digging into the cultural settings of their respective fields of Classics 
and Religion. Their summer activities are described in two articles 
the first of which begins on page two. Their footwear is exemplary: 
Ken's sandals need no introduction and Greg stands in the shoes 
of the fisherman (from L. L. Bean). 

Plan view of San Fidele excavations. 
The walls retain earth to make terraces 
level for farming; it is probable that this 
was a fairly recent development. 

a dig is not a picnic 

Lowest Wall 

Excavations at the Castelliere di San Fedele in Chianti, Italy, July 1975 


"Why are you digging it up?" 

If this is not the first question which a visitor to his 
site puts to an excavator, it is undoubtedly one that 
arises sooner or later. The question is answered either 
by reference to the immediate circumstances which oc- 
casioned the excavation or by discussing the much 
broader reasons why he and archaeologists elsewhere 
are digging at all. 

Theoretically, excavations can be divided into three 
categories. Rescue operations are so-called because 
their primary goal is to salvage what information they 
can from a site which is soon to be disturbed or per- 
haps even totally destroyed. The danger of complete 
destruction can be immediate and even dramatic: a few 
years ago, a digging for the parking lot of a restaurant 
at Artimino, which overlooks Florence and the valley 
of the Arno river, unearthed the foundations of a third- 
century BC Etruscan temple, now being excavated by 
a team from the University of Pennsylvania; or, more 

dramatically, when construction of the Aswan High 
Dam across the Nile, begun in 1960, threatened to 
obliterate the 3,200 year old monuments of Ramses II 
at Abu Simbel, the monuments were rescued only by a 
mammoth international campaign spearheaded by the 
United Nations. 

Archaeologist seldom want to dig under the rigorous 
restrictions imposed by rescue operations, despite their 
urgency, and this leads to the second type of dig, the 
research excavation, undertaken to find answers to 
specific questions and problems. Where and how one 
digs are both largely determined by the information 
which the excavator wishes to acquire. 

The third type of dig, run by many college and uni- 
versity departments of archaeology, is carried out in 
order to train new archaeologists. While such an ex- 
cavation by no means implies a lower standard of work, 
it may progress at a slower pace than rescue operations 
on research excavations. 

Although I mention three basic kinds of excavation 
as separate operations, in practice the dividing lines are 
often difficult to draw. For example, a training exca- 
vation may also be a carefully planned and controlled 
research excavation. In cases where adequate notice is 
given of imminent disturbance or destruction of a site, 
it is frequently possible for a research excavation, 
rather than a rescue operation, to be carried out. In 
such circumstances, it may be desirable to run a res- 
cue, research, and training operation simultaneously. 
Thus, the answer to the question "Why are you digging 
it up?" may take one of several forms and reveal a 
variety of reasons for the excavation. 

The excavation of the site known as Castelliere di 
Casanova di San Fedele di Radda in Chianti (San 
Fedele for short), about eight kilometers north of Siena, 
Italy, was undertaken both as a research excavation 
and as a field school designed to train new archaeolo- 
gists. The San Fedele dig, which was initiated in 1972, 
is a lovely site on top of a hill 320 meters above sea 
level (the local peasants say that the hill is hollow) over- 
looking the valley of the Arbia river. 

The excavation was conducted by the Tuscan-Ameri- 
can Archaeological Association under the direction of 
Professor Alfonz Lengyel of Northern Kentucky State 
College and Professor George T. Radan of Villanova 
University, with the assistance of Professor Enzo Maz- 
zeschi of the University of Siena, Honorary Inspector of 
Antiquities for the Province of Siena. 

Aided in part by a grant from the Faculty Research 
Committee of Sweet Briar College, I participated, as 
one of the two field directors — my colleague was a 
professor of art history from Temple University — in 
the 1975 season at San Fedele. Ten undergraduate stu- 
dents and one graduate student took part in the 1975 
campaign and received instruction in field techniques 
in classical archaeology and in Etruscan art and 
archaeology. The educational program included field 
trips to archaeological sites in southern Etruria such 
as Tarquinia (which was not only the most flourishing 
artistic center of Etruria in antiquity, but which is also 
enhanced by a most skillful barber!), Populonia, 
Orvieto, and Vetulonia. Visits to the Archaeological 
Museum in Florence supplemented the on-site instruc- 

Our excavation was carried out from the Villa San 
Graziano, the summer residence of a prominent Sienese 
family, about five kilometers north of Siena among the 
rolling hills and vineyards of Chianti. The villa served 
as the residence of the excavation team as well as a con- 
ference center, while laboratory work was done on the 
second-floor terrace of the villa, overlooking its gar- 
dens, vineyards, and two bocce ball courts — the latter, 
by the way, a marvelous means of "unwinding" after 
a ten-hour day in the 95-100 degree Italian sun. 

"Have you found anything interesting?" Of all the 
questions asked by visitors to an archaeological site, 
this is perhaps the most common. Often it is followed 
by: "EHd you find any skeletons?" "How many coins 

have you dug up?" "What about architectural re- 

Work at San Fedele during the 1975 season was con- 
centrated at the northwest part of the hill and was 
directed toward understanding the function and strati- 
fication (i.e., the layers and other features as they are 
uncovered) of walls discovered by probes made in pre- 
vious years. The hill is elliptical in shape (cf. the plan) 
and is surrounded by three concentric circuit walls, 
each at a higher level than the one below it. It was 
originally thought that the extant walls belonged to the 
late Stone Age or to the Bronze Age, but as a result of 
the 1975 campaign the walls are now seen to be a rela- 
tively late addition, probably dating from the late medi- 
eval to modern period, and were designed to terrace 
the hill for agriculture. Other probes, however, made 
during the 1973 season, turned up many fragments of 
Roman roof tiles and a medieval coin of Siena. This 
proves that the site was used, with some lapses of 
time, at least from Roman times to the end of the 
Middle Ages. 

Within the uppermost circuit wall, that on the crest 
of the hill, we discovered this summer a complex of 
rooms whose large size (about 13.50 meters square) and 
massive foundation walls (about one meter to one meter 
and a half in width) suggest that at least part of the 
complex was designed as a fortification. 

North of this large structure is a small paved terrace 
or courtyard. A doorway leads from the courtyard into 

\:im^^^i^}-iT' yU 

Shown above is Kenneth T. Wright, Jr., Associate Professor of 
Greek and Latin, who received his A.B. from Loyola of Baltimore, his 
M.A. from Missouri and the Ph.D. from Pennsylvania. In 1969 he 
held the H. H. Powers Scholarship for the Summer Session of the 
American School of Classical Studies in Athens. His professional 
memberships include the Archeological Institute of America, the 
American Philological Assoc., the Classical Assoc, of the Atlantic 
States and the Qassical Assoc, of the Middle West and South. 

a small room the purpose of which is not yet clear since 
only its front was excavated this summer. The pivot- 
hole for the door is clearly visible, as is part of the 
threshold block. One of the doorjambs was found in 
place, and the form of its counterpart can be easily 
discerned from a rectangular trace on the paving-block 
that served as its base. The small dimensions of the 
room perhaps indicate that it served as a guardhouse 
of soldiers responsible for the defense of the entrance 
to the citadel atop the hill. 

The fortification complex itself is composed of a 
number of rooms. The outside walls are particularly 
massive, and it is plausible that these exterior foun- 
dations once supported a structure more than one story 
high. The complex was surely a fortified citadel, a gar- 
rison of soldiers, perhaps the last bastion of defense 
for the settlement on the summit of the hill. 

The pottery found within the large building, although 
scanty, is all wheel-made, local utilitarian ware. The 
sequential development of this local ware has not been 
adequately determined since there has not yet been a 
clear stratigraphic pottery sequence excavated in this 
region of Tuscany. Preliminary analysis of pottery types 
suggests a date from the late Roman to early medieval 
period. We have sent samples of the pottery discovered 
last summer to the University of Pennsylvania for 
thermoluminescent dating, which should provide us 
with a date within approximately 200 years, and 
samples of mortar are being studied by the Archaeo- 
logical Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences 
in Budapest. 

Two oval structures on the east slope of the hill were 
excavated last summer. Perhaps used as tombs, they 
are constructed of unmortared stones and have narrow 
entrance-portals leading into them. It is important to 
remark that these structures have interesting parallels 
at well-known Etruscan sites, particularly at Populonia 
on the west coast of Italy. Although to date on Etruscan 
potsherds have been discovered at San Fedele, perhaps 
we have hit upon two tombs which, though robbed of 
their grave goods in modern times, may yet prove to 
date from the late (second-first century BC) Etruscan 

A stone block, of a demonstrably different type of 
stone from that used in the construction of the three 
terrace walls surrounding the hill, was discovered dur- 
ing the excavations of 1972. One face of the block con- 
tains an inscription, partially destroyed, the language 
and interpretation of which remain to date quite un- 
certain. One would like to think that this inscribed 
block originally served as the lintel of one of the two 
"tombs" excavated last summer. The closest parallels 
are the lintel blocks, inscribed with the name of the 
deceased, above the entrances to the tombs at the great 
Etruscan necropolis at Orvieto. 


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Inscribed stone block from San Fidele 

One of the most significant results of the 1975 season 
at San Fedele was the foundation in Siena of the Tus- 
can-American Institute for Mediterranean Archaeology, 
of which Sweet Briar is a charter member. Archaeolo- 
gists like to have access to the material they are study- 
ing, and, in addition to being an institution to conduct 
excavation and exploration, the Institute is designed 
to provide a setting in which scholars may study the 
material remains of Etruria — remains which may 
provide a picture of almost any aspect of Etruscan life 
and activity, for example, art, architecture, language, 
social life, economics, religion, political history — and 
their relation to other cultures of the ancient Medi- 
terranean. The Institute is also intended as a place 
where those who are or who propose to become teachers 
of Classics (Greek or Latin), archaeology, history or the 
history of art may under competent guidance gain such 
acquaintance with the countries and monuments of the 
Mediterranean as would bring an otherwise unattain- 
able quality to their teaching. Studies are not restricted 
to the classical period, but may include the pre-classical 
and medieval art, archaeology and history of the Medi- 
terranean. The Institute will publish a semi-annual 
journal in which current field excavation reports, other 
excavation material and book reviews will appear. 

Work during the 1976 season will concentrate on a 
fuller understanding of the complex of rooms on the 
summit of the hill and on an investigation of the south- 
east entrance of the castelliere in the hope of shedding 
further light on the extent of the settlement and any 
possible (Etruscan?) antecedents. 

Many questions about San Fedele remain unan- 
swered, but that's what keeps you going. The answers A 
lie below! 



Editor's Note: 

On Thursday, May 23, 1974, Gregory T. Armstrong 
of the Department of Religion and Kenneth T. Wright, 
Jr., of the Department of Greek and Latin left Sweet 
Briar for six weeks in Turkey, Israel, and Greece. Their 
journey was made possible by a Ford Faculty Research 
Grant from Sweet Briar College; their research objec- 
tives included visiting Istanbul and the ancient Greek 
cities of the Ionian coast (western Turkey), participat- 
ing in a four-week session of the joint American Ex- 
pedition to Caesarea Maritima in Israel. They returned 
on Sunday, July 7th. The following are excerpts from 
Greg Armstrong's journal. 

En Route to Caesarea 

June 6: In some respects this was the high point of 
the trip for me because we were able to go through the 
Church of the Holy Sepulchre with Pere Charles 
Couasnon, who is one of the best informed men in the 
world on it. He is one of the architects directing the 
restoration of the building. He appeared in his Domini- 
can robes and beret, an older man surely in his 60's 
with a moustache, goatee and glasses. He was cordial 
but had some difficulty with English. He showed us the 
major Constantinian parts of the church and some 
foundations even older that were reused by Constan- 
tine's builders. He had his own plans and drawings 
with him . . . One of the problems has been the pos- 
session or control of different parts of the church by 
different religious bodies, all of which are very jealous 
of each other . . . Everybody pushed and shoved to get 
on the bus, reservations meaning nothing. Luckily we 
got seats, but our suitcases were piled in the aisles. It 
was not Greyhound or Trailways! I was in the back 
over the engine, a hot seat, with six across where there 
were supposed to be five. We reached Hadera . . . tried 
to call the expedition but couldn't hear over the phone 
. . . Several of us got on a local bus to Caesarea. It was 
cheap but left us still a distance from our camp. On 
the bus there was a man with a live chicken in his brief 
case and a large bundle of weeds . . . The camp turned 

The Mithra Medallion. This small marble plaque depicting the god 
Mithra slaj'ing a sacrificial bull was found in 1973 in a vaulted 
chamber along the coast at Caesarea. The chamber, probably a 
storage area or a Roman warehouse in the harbor area, contained 
an altar, benches and frescoes from the first sanctuary to Mithra to 
be discovered in Israel. It probably dates to the third century. 

out to be quite nice . . . The resort is owned and 
operated by the Kibbutz Sedot Yom. Friday night is 
the great tourist night because of the Sabbath ... It 
is right on the beach which has the small problem of 
oil or tar washing in from passing tankers. 

The Dig 

June 7: 1 was up at 7 . . . Once we start digging we 
have a first breakfast at 4 a.m. and second breakfast at 
8:30. That's to beat the heat. Dinner is at 12:30-2:30 
with good portions among a choice of meat or fish and 
vegetables, also soup and grapefruit sections. We had 
an orientation lecture at 10 a.m., and we learned that 
we'll be working in Field B as assistant area super- 
visors ... It is clearly going to be hot, but our quarters 
stay cool . .. At 4:30 we went up to the pottery clean- 
ing and reading shed and saw samples of what has been 
found and then on to the small museum of the kibbutz, 
where objects found by chance or in the building of 
the kibbutz are displayed. An important statue found 
in 1971 is still leaning against the outside of the build- 
ing where wind and rain have apparently cleaned it to 
a nice white marble . . . Corinthian capitals seem to be 
a dime a dozen but too heavy to bring home . . We had 
a free glass of wine at supper because it is the Sabbath 
. . . The student workers are living in small A-frame 
buildings that could be compared to plywood tents. 

Author Gregory T. Armstrong is Professor of Religion. His B.A. 
(Hon.) is from Wesleyan (Conn.); he also holds a B.D. (Highest Hon.) 
McCormick Theol. Sem., Chicago, and a doctorate (magna cum 
laude) in Theology from Heidelberg. He has received nearly a dozen 
awards, grants and other distinctions since 1958, is a member of Phi 
Beta Kappa, the American Acad, of Religion, American Soc. of 
Church History and other societies, and has contributed articles and 
book reviews to more than 25 journals, magazines and encyclopediae. 

June 8: Finally, we were driven out to the site itself 
and saw two of the digging fields. The large vaulted 
chamber beneath the sand dunes where the Mithraeum 
was found was impressive. I hope it can be published 
soon. Our field is more complicated at the moment 
with a jumble of structures. At least part of the work 
will be removing stone walls and other heavy objects. 
One of the problems is getting the materials out of the 
squares, which are now fairly deep. Today was family 
day at the beach . . . The parking lot was full by mid- 
morning and so was the beach. 

June 9: The alarm went off at 3:45 a.m. for our first 
work day. By this time it is beginning to be light here 
... I am assigned to Field B, area 3, and am assisting 
Don Hobson of Allegheny College, Meadville, Pa. He 
has had three seasons of experience at Tell Gezer. Ken 
is in area 5 . . . We are somewhat shorthanded in our 
field due to the politics of satisfying the different par- 
ticipating schools and their representatives. Our square 
or area had only about five volunteer workers, and 
two of those left before mid-morning. One of the events 
of the morning was the discovery of a scorpion under 
a rock and killing it ... a drain of the byzantine 
period. Happily no snakes were in the drain, which 
was silted up completely with dirt and pottery frag- 
ments. The objective was then to clear the drain to see 
how it fitted into the structures in the square. All the 
dirt had to be sifted to check for significant pottery, 
glass, lamps and coins . . . We reached the plastered 
bottom at two points . . . Later in the afternoon after 
clothes washing and a nap, it was our field's turn to 
wash pottery pieces that had come in. This took over 
an hour. Then the supervisors in our tleld met for 45 
minutes. All in all it was a full day, ending with supper 
— knockwurst and rice. It was the most different Sun- 
day I've ever experienced. 

June 10: 1 was helping to record things at the outset 
and to draw a balk — a vertical section of a trench. 
But later on I was digging up the plaster and dirt fill 
below a mosaic floor and got into some very large 
pieces of pottery. We also found a couple of coins. At 
the bottom of this layer was an early mosaic floor with 
colored rather than white cubes. 

June 11: There weren't any great finds this morning, 
but I was tired and took a nap from 3 to 4. 1 then did 
the wash and went down to see the pottery reading 
where they determine the date and origin of the pottery 
found the previous day (it has to be washed and allowed 
to dry before reading). I was interested in the stuff I 
had pulled out yesterday and so were the directors of 
the expedition. One good-sized jar could be partially 

June 13: The goof-offs in the square were worse than 
ever today. Two ran off to play in the sprinklers in a 
nearby field for a while. Ken and I are disgusted and 
have told the area supervisor so. but we're determined 
to do our job. Ken made a remark this afternoon as I 

was trying to get everything into my suitcase for storage 
over our short weekend that struck me as hilariously 
funny although in writing it will probably only be a sign 
of too much sun. He said, I should have bought a "Per- 
gamene suitcase," referring to his substitute suitcase 
bought in Pergamum when Roff Sims' old suitcase 
split. It is, of course, a cheap suitcase — but big. 

June 14: A short weekend trip ... the Mt. Carmel 
caves where bones of early man from 40,000 years ago 
were found . . . Athlit on the coast. We found the ruins 
of a crusader fortress but couldn't get to them because 
of military installations. I took over the driving into 
Haifa since I specialize in cities. It is a pleasant modern 
city on the slopes of Mt. Carmel and the chief port of 
Israel. We had pizza for lunch there, eating at a side- 
walk table. We saw the Baha'i Temple where its 
prophet is buried, but we couldn't get in since it closed 
at noon . . . north again to Akko or Acre, which has a 
famous crusader fortress . . . We were heading east now 
toward Safed or Zefat, a town in the hills above the Sea 
of Galilee. As we neared it we had a splendid view of 
the sea. Safed was a center of mystical Judaism in the 
Middle Ages. Ken later read that the tomb of the pro- 
phet Hosea is located there, but we didn't see it. 

June 15: We went down to the synagogue to Caper- 
naum, a fourth century building which may not have 
been an orthodox synagogue at all. There are also ex- 
cavations at the probable site of St. Peter's house there, 
and one of the Franciscan archaeologists came out and 
showed us through them . . . then toward Nazareth, 
turning off to go up Mt. Tabor by a steep and winding 
road. There are two monasteries and churches on top 
— Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox. The former 
has a large new church incorporating remains of two 
earlier churches on the site traditionally held for the 
Transfiguration of Jesus. You can see from the top 
out to the Sea of Galilee and beyond. On a clear day 
you could probably see Mt. Hermon. You can also, fair- 
ly nearby to the northwest, see Nazareth which is now a 
good-sized town in the hills above the valley of Jezreel 
. . . We saw three of the main shrines with their rela- 
tively modern churches incorporating some ancient 
structures. It is doubtful if any site is to be genuinely 
associated with Jesus or his family, but by chance one 
might be. I had not realized that it was a hill city like 
the Italian towns we've visited .... On returning to 
Caesarea we drove out to the remains of the Roman 
aqueducts which brought water into the city . . .. We 
also stopped to look at the Hippodrome area where 
Gordon Garner, an Australian archaeologist who was 
with us on this weekend, is working because we had 
not seen it before. TTiere are the remains of a very large 
obelisk and some cones which were placed at the ends 
of a race course for the chariots to turn around — all 
of Aswan granite from Egypt and weighing tons and 

June 17: Our square's pottery has attracted the inter- 
est of a British authority here. He saves it all and tries 
to restore it so he can classify the types. 

June 19: Our area supervisor finally realized that he 
had to have a full-time recorder to keep up with the 
paperwork. I was elected, which suits me as long as the 
boys don't see it as a way to get out of work. 

June 20: Our assignment this morning was to remove 
the balk between the two adjacent squares. A balk is 
the section of earth two meters wide separating squares 
from each other. It has to be removed when it gets too 
high or gets in the way of coordinating the adjacent 
squares. It is taken down layer by layer to check the 
stratigraphy of both squares. Our crew has to draw 
plans of it as we go down. Since we have to take off 
about two meters' worth in height as well as width, it 
was not a job for just one day. 

many hanging lamps. There is great rivalry here be- 
tween competing Christian bodies, much like the Holy 
Sepulchre. From Bethlehem we could see the huge 
mound of the Herodium, another fortress of Herod the 
Great where he was supposed to have been buried. 

An artist from the joint expedition to Caesarea Maritima paints tlie 
entrance to tlie vaulted chamljer in wliicli the Mithraeum was dis- 


June 21: The usual early morning schedule was 
brightened and lightened by "show and tell" at 7 a.m. 
Fridays are always half-days anyway . . . We rode into 
Jerusalem. After talking a while with Erv Frenkel we 
drove to Bethlehem, about 15 minutes south, and 
visited the Church of the Nativity. Manger Square is, 
of course, a great tourist trap with shops all around and 
boys who want to watch your car. The church is partial- 
ly blocked by later monastic buildings so that there 
is only one small door to go in and no sense of a facade. 
Inside it preserves rather well the plan of an early 
Christian basilica with long rows of columns. Under 
the present floor (about sixth century) are mosaics of 
the fourth century church of Constantine .... We went 
down into the grotto, which contains several altars and 

A silver coin from Caesarea. The coin features the patron goddess of 
the city, known as Tyche or Fortuna, who holds a bust of the Roman 
emperor in her hand. A statue resembling this figure was found by 
the joint expedition in 1971 in the area in which Mr. Wright and 
Mr. Armstrong were woriiing in 1974. However, the head, arms and 
feet were missing. 


June 22: We slept late, 5:45, so that we could leave 
around '6:30 for Masada on the Dead Sea . . . Masada 
is a fortress palace built by Herod the Great. It is on a 
sheer 900-1,000 foot cliff above the Dead Sea at the 
point where a promontory projects from the east side. 
The easiest access was from the hills to the west, but 
even that was a steep approach. Tourists now go up in 
a cable car. The place included a great many cisterns 
to store water from the rainy season. There was even 
enough water to have a swimming pool . . . During the 
Jewish revolt in 66-70 A.D. Masada was seized by a 
group of Zealots who held out until 72 against the 
Romans. It was the last stand of the Jews, and those at 
the end preferred to die rather than surrender. It is 
now a symbol of Israeli patriotism and heroism ... up 
the shore of the Dead Sea to Qumran. Being 1,300 feet 
below sea level it was mighty hot. The buildings at 
Qumran are interesting but not extensive. Most impor- 
tant was Cave 4 which could be seen clearly but not 
entered. We then drove into Jericho and would have 
stopped at Kathleen Kenyon's excavations of ancient 
Jericho back to 6,000 B.C. but for an accident. On the 
edge of town the car was struck by a rock from a dirt 
or gravel truck. It completely shattered the windshield 
but the safety glass held. No one was hurt, and the 
glass didn't fall out . . , Only when Erv closed the tail- 
gate back in Jerusalem did the glass fall out of the win- 
dow and then nobody was in the seats. 

Surviving arches from the Crusader fortress which was built on the ruins of ancient Caesarea more than llOU vears 
after its foundation by Herod the Great. 

June 24: The day starred with squabbles among the 
leaders, and we moved a lot of dirt. Everything becomes 
a routine — getting out to the field and back again, 
the breaks for cold drinks, the movements loading and 
emptying buckets of dirt and pushing the wheelbarrow. 
Coming back in for a shower and dinner is always the 
same — waiting for the second load [too many workers 
and too few vehicles to make it in one trip], shampoo 
for the hair, Dermassage for the skin, changing to 
shorts and tennis shoes, looking for mail in the dining 

June 28: A 5 a.m. start brought our group to the top 
of Mt. Gerizim above Nablus by 6:30. This mountain is 
sacred to the Samaritans and figures in the Bible in 
Joshua, Deuteronomy and elsewhere as the locus of the 
covenant ceremonies. On the northern point, overlook- 
ing the valley with Nablus (Roman Neapolis) and an- 
cient Shechem below, is Tell er-Ras, which had a Ro- 
man temple reached by 1,500 steps from a colonnaded 
street below. Excavations showed that it was built on a 
huge substructure that was probably the foundation of 
the Samaritan temple . . . Next we stopped at Shechem 
... It has walls of the middle bronze age and a Cana- 
nite temple for Baal Berith. The city is one of the most 
important in the Old Testament. 

June 29: Dan, the chief northernmost city of ancient 
Israel, and Baniyas, the source of the Jordan, were 
dropped out of the itinerary because they are so close 
to the Lebanese and Syrian borders. Hazor is another 
of Solomon's chariot cities and guarded a trade route 
as did Megiddo. It was excavated by General Yadin 
and has a deep water shaft or tunnel down to a pool. 
To Beth Shearim, where there are extensive catacombs 
and rock tombs used by the Jews in the second and 
third centuries A.D. 

July 2: The balk removal turned out to take us about 
half the session. Our crew was cut to about four this 
day as four had left early. Ken spent this week with the 
pottery specialist in camp. 

July 3: Last work day as it turned out . . . We were 
working shorthanded with only the supervisor, me and 
one student volunteer for half the day . . . The report 
about 1 1:15 a.m. was that our field supervisor has quit 
the expedition altogether. There have been arguments 
and discontentment, but I don't really know what 
happened to precipitate this. He was not with us in the 
field today, and he's leaving early tomorrow with his 
wife, who is an area supervisor, and with our supervisor 
for Jerusalem so we don't work. The pity is that Ken 
and I could have had the extra day in Athens. 

July 4: Happy Independence Day. We shall have to 
celebrate at dinner because we got up at 3:45 a.m. as 
usual and did some useful if not essential work .... 
We left about 9 a.m. for the airport .... Gordon 
Garner is going on to Rome, Athens. Baghdad and 
Cairo before returning to Australia via Bombay. We 
are staying at the airport hotel .... We took the bus 
into downtown Tel Aviv and from there to the Haaretz 

July 5: The security check involved sorting through 
the entire contents of every bag and a body search . . . 
With Ken as guide we spent no more than ten minutes 
in the Athens airport to change our money and get 
passports stamped . . . We headed out for the 

July 7: Back to the U.S.A. 


The photographs that adorn this article 
were made last Spring bv Linda Lucas 
'75 as part of her final folio for a class 
in Advanced Photography. They feature 
several of the Sweet Briar dancers men- 
tioned in the text. 

Betsy Banks '74 choreographed and per- 
formed in this group piece called "Exits," 
to music by Foss on a theme of Scarlatti. 

Another Export: Youth, Grace and Good Will 


Bleary-eyed from jet lag, the seven of us (the SBC 
Dance Group and Mrs. Eija Celli) emerged from our 
Finnair plane in Helsinki, Finland in June 1975. Final- 
ly to have arrived, as the end product of several weeks 
of planning and working, was such a stimulant to us 
that we literally did not sleep for the following two days 
(though this was admittedly due also to a Scandinavian 
phenomenon — the midnight sun). For Betsy Banks '74; 
Larkin Barnett '76; Betsy Burdge '75; Carol Clement 
'75; Ella Hanson '75; and Janet Richards '75, this was 
the culmination of their several fund-raising efforts. 
Under the guidance of Mrs. Eija Celli, head of the 

dance program at Sweet Briar, we all had taught a 
week-long dance workshop and had performed in Char- 
lottesville — and were fortunate enough to receive a 
generous donation from President and Mrs. Whiteman. 

For the first few days in Helsinki we invaded the 
home of Mrs. Urpalainen, Mrs. Celli's mother. It was 
fortunate that throughout we were able to stay with 
native Finns, and thus saw a side of life that is missed 
by most tourists. Having no place to dance or warmup 
in Helsinki, we spent our time stretching our leg 
muscles in the old-fashioned, open-air markets by the 
sea, or visiting old churches, or viewing the unique and 

Ella Hanson '75 and Lisa Ross 
'77 dance "Puppets" to Strav- 
insky's music and the author's 

much copied style of modern architecture. One of most 
noteworthy aspects of our surroundings was the con- 
trast of the old and new: streetcars and flower carts vs. 
Mercedes-Benz taxis, homemade ligonberry juice vs. 
Coca-Cola and gypsies vs. cosmopolitan business peo- 
ple. Luckily, language did not prove to be a problem 
as most Finns spoke some English. Of course, there 
were a few occasions when communication proved a 
problem, such as being served something unrecogniz- 
able instead the omelette you thought you had ordered, 
or being stuck in a rural area and not knowing how to 
ask where the bathroom is. 

We took a train to Lapeenranta after our short stay 
in Helsinki, and its cleanliness and efficiency, as in all 
public transportation, amazed us. On arrival, we were 
immediately welcomed by EUi Pouttu, Mrs. Celli's sis- 
ter, whose home became a haven in the ensuing week's 

heavy schedule. We still remember the luxury of a 
Finnish sauna at the end of a ten-hour day of dancing. 
After Elli stoked the sauna fire for two hours, she 
taught us the not-so-gentle technique of beating our- 
selves with birch switches in the 130-degree oven, and 
then jumping into cold Lake Saima. 

The main purpose of our trip was to teach at a uni- 
versity summer session in Lapeenranta, and to perform 
at the city theatre. Besides our part in the session, to 
teach modern dance on three levels and composition 
and improvisation. The University also offered courses 
in jazz dance and percussion. The institution of the 
latter was the European percussionist Matti Koskiala. 
He is extremely talented and uninhibited individual 
who came to be our Finnish Father Figure and partner 
in crime. Matti Koskiala used his talents to improvise 
music of one of our dances, and this collaborative ef- 


Mrs. Eija Cell! did the choreo- 
graphy for "Landscape" to 
music by the Japanese com- 
poser, Miyoshi. The dancer is 
Ella Hanson. 

fort turned out to be one of the best-received pieces in 
the performance. 

As dancers, the Finns amazed us with their natural 
looseness and ability to move easily and freely across 
the floor. They lacked the tenseness that plagues most 
Americans and seemed to possess a rare awareness of 
body language. Their ability to shift weight and move 
with ease can be attributed to a physical education 
background that stresses fitness and gymnastics rather 
than hard, competitive sports. 

But we found they had not heard of certain aspects 
of dance which we stressed: the location of the cynamic 
center of the body is in the pelvis, and we concentrate 
on developing the inside leg muscles and a kind of 
inner focus and mental concentration. These were the 
things we taught in our classes, and that we further 
demonstrated in our performance. They were amazed 

that we moved as well as we did without having had 
the rhythmic gymnastics that they experienced at a very 
early age. Mrs. Celli's total concept of dance technique 
was by far the main attraction of the University sum- 
mer session. 

The city theatre lacked many of the elements to 
which we were accustomed as dancers, such as a lino- 
leum floor, special effects lighting and a wide stage. 
But the performance was a success according to sub- 
sequent newspaper reviews, and the sell-out audience 
that stood up and shouted "Eija, Eija!" when the cur- 
tain went down. 

The evening was complete with an after-performance 
dinner at the Casino in Lapeenranta, folk dancing and 
singing. We v/ere told later that the Casino band kept 
changing the rhythm to see if we could keep to the 
tempo (we did). 


This sensitive study of Betsy Banks, called "Dancer at Rest," 
emphasizes the fact that dance is both art and athleticism — 
as the latter it demands a lot of sustained, hard, physical ef- 
fort which must be made to appear effortless. 

Lapeenranta is an incredibly lovely city, right on 
Lake Saima, with almost theatrical alpine scenery. The 
genuine warmth of the people made us feel always wel- 
come, and at the end of our session we were given 
flowers and a commemorative book on the city by the 

We did not waste any spare hours after dance classes. 
We visited the Chymos Oy chocolate factory, an enor- 
mous place filled with candies; we took a boat tour of 
Lake Saima, near the Soviet border; and we learned a 
scattered few words of Finnish. And the foods there 
also kept us sufficiently entertained: chocolates, pulla 
(an unusual bread), delicious pastries, yogurt and milk, 
cloudberries and reindeer meat packaged in supermarkets 

like Armour's cold cuts. 

Returning to Helsinki, we toured the Finnish Design 
Center, the Marrimekko shops, an island historical 
museum replete with Finnish folk dancers and more 
Karelian delicacies provided by the gracious hospitality 
of the Pitkanen household. 

The crafts of Finland are renowned: the boldness of 
a Marrimekko fabric or the contemporary design of 
hand-blown glass made from the fine, white sand of the 
North Sea. The harmony of the old and new in Finland 
constantly surrounded us. There is not a one of us who 
doesn't want to return, which may be a possibility as 
Mrs. Celli was such a success that we were invited back 
again for the summer of '76. » 


Association Nominates Nancy Dowd Burton '46 
As Alumna Member of Board of Overseers. 


The Executive Board of the Sweet Briar 
Alumnae Association submits the name of 
Nancy Dowd Burton '46 to the members of 
the Association as a candidate for election 
to the Board of Overseers of Sweet Briar 

Other names may be added to the ballot 
if they are sent to the Director of the Alum- 
nae Association, Sweet Briar, Virginia, ac- 
companied by fifteen signatures of members 
of the Association, and written consent of 
the nominees, within two weeks after the 
publication of this name as the Executive 
Board nominee. Ballots will be sent to all 
members of the Association, and the elected 
candidate's name will be submitted to the 
Board of Overseers as the nominee from 
the Association. 

After earning her bachelor's degree in 
Psychology, Nancy received a MA in psy- 
chology from Ohio State University. She 
taught in elementary school from 1948-1950, 
and has been school psychologist at Lot- 
speich School from 1950 until the present. 
She also served as Youth Coordinator for 
Christ Church from 1970-75 and is a TA 


She married Robert Mitchell Burton, a 
graduate of Harvard who is Business Man- 
ager of 7 Hills Schools, and they have four 
children: Robert M., Jr., Clement, Mark and 

Nancy has been very active in Sweet Briar 
Alumnae work, having served as Fund Agent, 
Alumna Representative, president of the 
Cincinnati Qub, member of the Sweet Briar 
College Development Committee, and mem- 
ber of the Executive Board of the Alumnae 
Association as Chairman of the Alumnae 
Fund and later as Finance Committee Chair- 
man. In her community she has been a 
member of the Vestry of Christ Church, a 
member of the Board of Trustees of 7 Hills 
Schools, on the Cincinnati Human Relations 
Commission, and on the Central Psychiatric 
Clinic Board. 

As a Sweet Briar undergraduate, Nancy 
was president of the Athletic Association; 
on the Advisory Council; a member of Chung 
Mungs; Bum Chums; Aints & Asses; Orien- 
tation Committee; Sweet Briar News staff. 


The floor is open for nominations for the 
highest honor bestowed upon members of the 
Sweet Briar Alumnae Association. The an- 
nual Alumnae Award for voluntary service 
will be made at Alumnae Council in October; 
the recipient will be chosen in the early fall. 
Nominations may be sent to the Director of 
the Alumnae Association at the Alumnae 
Office, Sweet Briar, Va. 23495. 

The Alumnae Award was established to 
do homage to the Class of 1910, Sweet 
Briar's first graduating class. When it was 
first made in 1968, the Alumnae Award went 
to the five members of that class, all of whom 
were present to receive it. Subsequent Briar- 
ites to win the award have been Edna Lee 
Gilchrist '26, Gladys Wester Horton '30, 
Mary Huntington Harrison '30, Phoebe 
Howe Peters '31, Edith DurreU Marshall 
'21, Florence Freeman Fowler '19, Helen 
McMahon '23, and Elizabeth Prescott Balch 

Awards announced, May 18, 1975, 
Class of 1975: 

Helen K. Mull Psychology Scholarship: 
Mary-Sommers Knight. For graduate study 
in psychology. Cum laude. 
Emily McVea Scholar: Sara Cathart Ruble, 
the highest ranking member of her class. 
Sunima cum laude. 

Anne Gary Pannell Taylor Award in History: 
Sarah Bowis Dowdey. For graduate study. 
Cum laude. 

Lawrence G. Nelson Award in English: 
Kathy Sue Orr. For general, excellence in 
English. Cum laude. 

Marcia Capron Award for Excellence in 
French: Karin Ingrid Lindgren. Summa cum 

The Alliance Francaise of Lynchburg Prize: 
Deyanne Rose Passarello. Summa cum 

The Book Shop Committee Prize: Denise 
Montgomery. "For the most interesting col- 
lection of books." 

Wall Street Journal Student Achievement 
Award in Economics: Thi Thanh Mai 
^guytn. Magna cum laude. ^'Il 
Connie M. Guion Award: Terry Phillips 
Starke. "For excellence as a human being 
and as a member of the College." Magna 
cum laude. 

Benedict Award 

During Alumnae Council 1975, Ann L. 
Yellott '76 of Cockeysville, Maryland, was 
named the Mary Kendrick Benedict Scholar. 

The daughter of Ann Benet Yellott '51, 
Ann (or Andy, as she is known on campus) 
is chairman of the Athletic Association, the 
sports editor for the SB News, a member of 
Q.V. and Aints and Asses. She spent her 
junior year at Exeter, England. 

The Benedict Scholarship was established 
in 1945 by former students and friends of Dr. 
Mary K. Benedict, first President of the 
College. This award is presented annually to 
an "upperclass student of high academic 
standing and personal integrity, who has 
shown in her college experience a purpose 
for service." 

Manson Award 

Sallie Hill Bernard '76 of Earle, Arkansas, 
is this year's recipient of the Manson Me- 
morial Alumnae Scholarship. The award was 
presented during Alumnae Council. 

The President of Student Government, 
Sallie was vice-president of her freshman 
class, a member of Q.V.. president of her 
sophomore class, a Tau Phi, and is named 
to the Dean's List. 

Both Sallie Bernard and Ann Yellott were 
elected to Who's Who Among Students In 
American Universities and Colleges. 

Report on Junior Year 

Robert G. Marshall, Director of the Junior 
Year in France, reports that by agreement 
with the Alliance Francaise in Paris, new 
headquarters for the students is now at 34 
rue Fleurus, Paris 6, in the Latin Quarter 
(principal university area). "We have com- 
plete control over our classrooms which we 
did not have at Reid Hall ... I am very 
pleased to report that we have an ex-tremely 
attractive set-up — I think the most attrac- 
tive of any of the programs in Paris now. 
These quarters, when built some ten years 
ago, were originally planned for our Junior 
Year in France . . . We also this year set up 
a new course to be offered only during the 
next two years in observance of the Bicen- 
tennial. Professor Kaspi, a French University 
Professor of American History, will offer 
the special course for us in Franco-American 
relationships from the time of the Revolution 
to the present." 

Rickards Scholarship 

Jamie Anne Murray '77 of Chestnut Hill, 
Mass., is the first recipient of a new scholar- 
ship, the Everingham Rickards and Captain 
V. S. Rickards Memorial Scholarship, which 
"will be awarded each year to a Sweet Briar 
sophomore who demonstrates the potential 
for leadership, academic excellence and com- 
munity envolvement." 


Rising printing costs and the jearly increase in the number of alumnae make it necessary 
for us to lieep the information about each alumna brief. We wish we could give each of vou the 
space you deserve. — Editor. 


Anna Booth Taylor, whose daughter Helen 
'40 lives with her in Norfolk, writes, "Will 
it interest any of the Alumnae that on Oct. 
29th I'll be eighty seven years old? It's dif- 
ficult to think of anyone living that long. So 
far I seem quite active, reading and writing, 
walking and chatting, though I do have a bit 
of difficulty hearing for my ears are wear- 
ing out! But faith, why shouldn't they after 
all this use! My mental picture of Miss Bene- 
dict, Dr. Farley and of course 'Miss' Guion 
is very distinct — and of the first chapel ser- 
vices held in the Academic Building and 
keenest of all my desperate home-sickness 
with my loved ones so far away as Peters- 
burg (Virginia — not Russia!) Since that 
time many years have been spent as far away 
as China and Japan, but they never, never 
seemed as distant .... Sweet Briar had but 
36 students my first year." 



Frances W. Pennypacker 

Kendal at Longwood. #43, Kennett Square, 

PA 19348. 

Fund Agent 

Anne Schutte Nolt (Mrs. Leroy H.), 1301 

Homestead Lane, Lancaster, PA 19603. 

In September I visited Anne Schutte Nolt 
and we decided we should have class notes 
in the Alumnae Magazine. She had several 
letters from her Alumnae Fund correspon- 
dence. Some are quite old and outdated, but 
from those received since 1970 I have 
gleaned the following: 

In 1972 Dorothea Eaglesfield Bridgeman 
worked for McGovern. She is very much in- 
terested in music and says she plays the 
piano "madly." She has ten grandchildren 
and so far none of the granddaughters have 
gone to Sweet Briar, but she is hopeful. In 
1972 she went abroad with her sisters Mar- 
garet Eaglesfield Bell '10 and Carina Eagles- 
field Milligan AC. Her sister Virginia '18 
died in Naples, FL, in 1971. 

Mary Pennypacker D.avis '16 and I moved 
into Kendal at Longwood, a Quaker retire- 
ment community, two years ago and are very 
happy here. We are near Longwood Gardens, 
the Brandywine River Museum and Winter- 
thur Museum in beautiful Chester County. 
We get into Philadelphia to hear the Phila- 
delphia Orchestra — bus from door to door. 


Mary Bissell Ridler '17 and Elizabeth Camp- 
bell Gawthrop '39 have entertained and 
visited us. 

Anne Schutte Nolt was in an automobile 
accident last winter and followed that with 
a fall in her home but has long since re- 
covered from her black eyes. 

In 1973 Rosalia Feder Sarbey wrote en- 
thusiastically about all the young people 
who visit at her cottage. She has her own 

Betty Balfour Marks has sent word that 
her mother, Anne Roberts Balfour, is in a 
nursing home. 

Elizabeth Sparks Lytte '17 wrote after 
Christmas 1974 from South Burlington, VT, 
and said she lived very quietly there. Her 
daughter Jean visited her after spending 
Christmas at the farm in Greensboro. 

Anna Wills Reed writes from Harrisburg, 
PA, that she spent several weeks at the sea- 
shore with her daughter and also visited her 
doctor son in Montgomery, AL, during 
March and April. Her son Bill and his family 
spent a week with her. Two of her 16 grand- 
children were married this year. Anna is 
treasurer of the Pennsylvania Colonial 
Dames of Dan County. 

Mary P. Davis and I have had several 
very pleasant visits with Rebecca Patton '14 
in Catlettsburg. This summer she has been 
abroad with her sister and niece, going to 
the opera in Vienna, Salzburg and Budapest. 

If you will all write to me before the next 
winter issue of the Alumnae Magazine. I will 
be pleased to put together a more satisfac- 
tory letter. 


Fund Agent 

Helen McMahon, One Woodland Rd.. Sweet 
Briar. VA 24595. 

Helen Mac has been writing a newsletter 
now and then, the last in January 1975, but 
agrees to pass on for the Alumnae Magazine 
bits and pieces of news that come to her. 

Ellen Brown Clendaniel writes from Den- 
ton, MD. that she and George are delighted 
to have Ellen's daughter Carter (Mrs. Fred 
Marsh) and her two children back in Den- 
ton after living in California. 

Helen Gaus, who has lived in Olentangy 
Village, Columbus, OH, since 1943, says she 
feels now as if she owns a big part of these 
lovely Williamsburg-type apartments with a 
beautiful view of the river from her own 
apartment. Helen continues to have a gen- 

uine interest in Sweet Briar and her college 
friends with whom she keeps in touch. 

A note from Fitzallen Kendall Fearing 
with the sad news of her husband Lamar's 
death recalled a delightful visit at Sweet 
Briar on their way back from a visit in Ma- 
con several years ago. She had talked recent- 
ly with Trot Walker Neidlinger. whose 
Christmas cards we all look forward to every 
year! Fitzallens' new address is 50 Popham 
Rd.,Scarsdale, NY 10583. 

Marie Klooz reports that she is still trying 
to retire "but life is so interesting and so 
much fun." Those who saw her here in 1973 
will agree she means it! 

Helen Quayle Preston and Ross are still 
enjoying their home in Bedford, Canada, 
for seven months of the year and their 
Florida home for the other five. 

Jane Guingnard Curry and George have 
a lovely little house on the water in Sarasota, 
FL, where life is most pleasant in every way. 
George retired six years ago from the U. of 
South Carolina after 20 years' service, but 
was persuaded to go back in an administra- 
tive post this year. So, Jane is alternating 
her time in Columbia (her old home) and 
Sarasota, where business interests demand 
her attention too. Jane's elder son lives in 
Columbia and the younger son in Atlanta. 
Marjorie Milligan Bassett and her hus- 
band who have lived in Scottsdale, AZ, for 
many years viTOte of her sisters Muriel and 
Sue (Millicent) both S.B. graduates, you will 
remember. Muriel whose husband died a 
year ago, we were so sorry to hear, has 
given up her Arabian Stable and lovely 
country place, and now has an apartment 
in Aberdeen. Sue lives in California. 

Edith Miller McClintock and Mildred 
Baird White planned to join Helen Mac at 
Little Switzerland for a reunion this summer, 
but Helen was distressed to have word from 
Edith's husband that she had suffered a 
stroke. He reported in July that she was 
making real progress and later a friend in 
Marianna wrote that the improvement has 
continued; so everyone is hoping hard that 
she will regain complete use of her left side 
and be ready to come to the mountains next 
summer. Their older son and his family live 
in Hickory, NC. 

We had a delightful visit when Virginia 
Stanbery Schneider's granddaughter Vir- 
ginia and her friend, Linda Grunwald, came 
to dinner with us last May. Virginia is a 
third generation student since both mother 
and grandmother are alumnae. In the same 
class is another third generation girl, Cynthia 
Whitley, granddaughter of Exiith Durrell 
Marshall and daughter of Ann Marshall '47, 
Cynthia's sister Libby graduated in '75; so 
this is a real S. B. family. 

Lorna Weber Dowling and her husband 
are still enjoying life in Fort Worth near the 
grandchildren and in a warmer climate than 
their native Cleveland. Their oldest grand- 
child is 19, a sophomore at Vanderbih. The 
second grandchild graduated from prep 
school in '75 and is a freshman at Vander- 
bih. Lorna continues to be very active in 
church affairs, volunteer work and tries to 
play golf at least twice a week. She misses 
the active alumnae club in Cleveland and 
continues to pull for a Texas version of the 

Your so-called Fund Agent is still trying 
to pick up the ends after five months away 
— most of that time in Little Switzerland, 
NC, where the latch string is always open to 

all friends, as it is at Sweet Briar. In early 
October Dan and I joined two friends for a 
short cruise on The New Shoreham through 
the waters around and visits on the Elizabeth 
Islands. Block Island, Martha's Vineyard 
and Nantucket. Perfect weather, delightful 
people and an altogether pleasant trip. 



Pauline Payne Backus (Mrs. F. E.), 2609 

Amara Dr..' Toledo. OH 43615. 

Fund Agent 

Jeanette Boone. Sweet Briar. VA 24595. 

Virginia Wilson Robbins adores living in 
Pinehurst, NC. and sees Mary Meade Bailey 
and Ruth Aunspaugh Daniels from time to 
time. Virginia is a grandmother of six, I 

Were you lucky enough to receive a 
Christmas family picture of Lib Mathews 
Wallaces? Without a doubt they were all 
the most beautiful people I've ever seen — 
and not the least attractive were the senior 
Wallaces. They live in Charleston. WV. still. 

If you're considered taking a Sweet Briar 
Alum trip. MadeUne Brown Wood recom- 
mends them highly. She went with the group 
to Italy and met several people she had not 
seen since '27 but found they all had a fine 
rapport, and she had a great time. 

Margaret Cramer Crane and Bill will be 
in San Francisco for the holidays visiting 
their son and family. I talk with her by 
phone from time to time, and she is as well 
informed as always. 

Elizabeth Williams Cadigan is semi-re- 
tired as of Sept. 30 after 23 years on the 
staff of the Graduate School of the U. of 
Massachusetts. She is now working part-time 
on a special project, which should be com- 
pleted by May. In the fall of 1976 she ex- 
pects to spend several months in London 
visiting daughter Jeanne, and she and Jeanne 
expect to do some additional traveling. Now 
three of her 10 grandchildren are in college. 

My big news is that we have our first 
grandchild. Jason Foster Backus, born in 
Midland, MI. in January. He is a gorgeous 
blue-eyed big blond and we see him month- 
ly. What a joy! 



Phoebe Rowe Peters (Mrs. Ralph), 16 
Whitestone Lane. Rochester. NY 14618. 
Fund Agent 

Jane Muhlberg Halverstadt (Mrs. Albert N.), 
1255 Gulf Shore Blvd. No.. Naples. FL 33940. 

Last spring while I was calling on Peggy 
Ferguson Bennett at her new address in Fort 
Meyers. FL, Jane Muhlberg Halverstadt ar- 
rived unexpectedly. She is very busy as a 
golfer, hospital volunteer, garden club mem- 
ber, hostess. She looks great. Her husband 
had open heart surgery during summer and 
has recovered well. 

Sara Foster Smith WTOte from Baltimore 
of a pleasant telephone conversation with 
Mary Nice Jemison in Birmingham and 
said that Mary sounded the same as many 
years ago. 

Isabel Bush Thomasson is serving another 
four year term on the Alabama State Board 

of Education. It sets the policies and exer- 
cises control over all public schools, junior 
colleges and post-secondary technical insti- 

Ruth Schoti Benner had total hip surgery 
and two operations on her hands at Mayo 
Clinic and had excellent results. She has 
seven grandchildren. 

Jane Bikle Lane gives her ultra-devoted 
husband credit for her recovery after she 
spent a month in the hospital and four 
months in a nursing home. At one time she 
couldn't walk, but now she can even dance 

Harriet Wilson McCaslin divides her time 
between her apartment in Pittsburgh and 
house in Ligonier over-looking the moun- 
tains. She and her husband enjoy good 

Our class is on the move! Moving from 
one address to another in the same city are 
Helen Sim Mellen. Virginia Derby Howse, 
Polly Woodward Hill and Margaret Lee 
Thompson. Marg is in a much smaller house 
with less land — a difficult adjustment, but 
she adores it now. This fall she and Glenn 
spent four weeks in London and France 
and this winter will vacation in Beaufort, 
SC. where Glenn can shoot quail every morn- 
ing and play golf every afternoon. 

Blanche Vandenbery Shoaf moved to Alex- 
andria: Ellen Eskridge Sanders, to Oakton, 
VA; Ruth Graham Bartholdi, from Min- 
nesota to San Diego. Martha von Briesen 
is settled in Lynchburg. 

Mary (Cotty) Pape Whitney lives in Wain- 
scott. NY. She had just returned from cruis- 
ing aboard the Gripsholm through the 
Panama Canal, down the west coast of S. 
America, through the Straits of Magellan 
and up the East Coast to New York. 

The Class of 1931 shone in bulb sales this 
year, with Polly Swift Calhoun being best 
"solo" seller and Virginia Quintard Bond 
winning her second trip to Holland as the 
top seller. Quinnie enjoyed the trip awarded 
her last year and found the Van Zyverdens 
to be gracious hosts. Now she is busy repair- 
ing and recataloguing the books in the Ded- 
ham Historical Society library. Polly had a 
marvelous safari to Kenya and Tanzania. 
Her family is sponsoring a Vietnamese fam- 
ily, two of whom she is teaching to drive. 
Her daughter Faith is working for the United 
Farm Workers' Union in Calexico. CA. She 
has seen Jo Gibbs Du Bois and Gwen Alcott 
Writer '30 recently. 

Nancy C. Worthington writes of Jean Cole 
Anderson's visit with Elizabeth (Split) Qark 
in Lynchburg and of their visit to Sweet Briar 
at the time of the swimming pool auction. 
Nancy also reports the unhappy news that 
Ella Williams Fauber is at the Medical 
Care Center in Lynchburg following an 
aneurysm of the brain in late June. 

Martha McBroom Shipman sent a picture 
of her charming family taken at the time 
they were gathered to attend a memorial 
service for her husband when a pulmonary 
ward was dedicated in his honor at a Troy, 
OH. hospital. Pictured with Martha are her 
daughter Jane Shipman Kuntz '58 (with 
her husband, twin daughters and younger 
daughter) and her son and his family. 

C>'thia Vaughn Price and husband travel- 
led by car. plane and train seeing California. 
They had four delightful days visiting Dot 
Boyle Charles and seeing Libba Stribling 
Bell. Then they joined Jessie Hall Myers and 
husband and continued their joy-filled trip 

to San Francisco. 

I am sorry to report that Libba lost her 
husband last year. 

Marjorie Webb Maryanov reported the 
Sweet Briar charter trip to Brazil was en- 
joyable, and all arrangements worked well. 

Dot Boyle Charles and husband are go- 
ing to Switzerland this fall and hope to 
furnish a small apartment near Lugano. 

The Peters have returned from a trip to 
the Balkans. One of the highlights was the 
small reception at Ambassador Macomber's 
residence in Ankara. Turkey. He spoke at 
great length about the situation between 
U.S.. Turkey and Greece. It is interesting 
to watch events develop as he suggested 
they might. Next week we leave for Indonesia. 
Our oldest granddaughter entered college 
this fall. 


Editor's note: If you missed your class notes 
in the last issue, look under 1939. We are 
sorry for the error. 



Lavalette Dillon Wintzer (Mrs. Fred E.). 11 

Guyenne Rd.. Guyencourt. Montchanin. DE 


Fund Agent 

Alice McCloskey Schlendorf (Mrs. Alice M.). 

1618 Quailridge Rd.. Escondido, CA 92025. 

Our fortieth reunion was wonderful! The 
College did a grand job of budgeting our 
time and informing and entertaining us. Julia 
Sadler de Coligny '34 invited us to the en- 
chanting "Chateau de Coligny" for our 
class picnic and shared with us her visions 
for the future of the college. 

The tireless, selfless and indefatigable 
Jackie Strickland Dwelle was elected class 
president. She took some great pictures of 
reunion, and they are included in the class 
scrapbook. along with some pictures gra- 
ciously sent to me by Julia Peterkin. Jackie 
wrote on August 12, "I have been on a train 
trip to California, the Canadian Rockies and 
all those states in between .... It was as 
beautiful scenic -wise as Switzerland." 

Rebecca Young Frazer writes that a Medi- 
terranean cruise with husband Jim prevented 
her from joining us at reunion. 

Mary Templeton drove down to reunion 
with Julia Peterkin. Mary teaches art in the 
Windermere Boulevard School in Amherst. 
NY. but plans to move to Heritage Village. 
Southbury. CT. when she retires in a few 
years. She has bought a condominium there. 
The New York State Chapter of Delta Kappa 
Gamma honored her with their highest 
achievement award in May, 1975. "for her 
inception and implementation of the New 
York State Indian Project" which provides 
scholarships for American Indian women 
pursuing higher education. 

Julia Peterkin keeps busy and travels 
about for the National Field Staff. Girl 
Scouts of America. She enjoys books, bi- 
cycling and collecting presidential campaign 

Alice Laubach joined us for reunion. She 
lives in Ashville. NC. and is head librarian 
of a business and technical library. 

Mary Marks has an impressive position 


as Chief. Curriculum Development Branch, 
Occupational and Adult Education. U.S. 
Office of Adult Education. Her special in- 
terests are choir and endangered species. 

Lucy Hoblitzell and Sue Wilson Ruther- 
ford drove to reunion from Washington 
with Mary Marks. This was the t"irst for 
both of them, though Lucy had stopped by 
in August to say hello to Harriet Rogers. 
She found the campus wonderful but hardly 
recognizable. She and Sue tried to persuade 
Jean Imbrie Frey and Martha Nevenschwan- 
der Founds to join them, to no avail. 

The only thing different I noticed about 
Sue Strassburger Anderson was that she 
wasn't on a horse. She has two married 
daughters and two grandchildren. Her hob- 
bies are her grandchildren, travel, volunteer 
work, bridge, and swimming — no riding, she 
says. Pood Morrison Ruddell (also at re- 
union) writes, "After years of community 
and church service, I'm now wrapped up in 
grandchildren, needlepoint, an art study 
group, a literary study group, a bridge club, 
a newly retired husband (which is fast chang- 
ing my life) and friends." Her reunion room- 
mate. Judy Halliburton Burnett, returns to 
the campus often and spends much time at 
her Wrightsville Beach cottage, doing lots of 
sailing. She has four grandchildren. 

Ellen Scattergood Zook lives in a charm- 
ing old farmhouse in Glenmoore. PA, with 
her husband Dunny, and an array of dogs. 
Dunny is an importer of peat moss and 
manager of a successful retirement home 
called Dunwoodie Village. She has four 
married children (one divorced and living 
nearby) and b grandchildren. She's inter- 
ested in horticulture. Visiting Nurse, Hos- 
pital Auxiliary, farm life and animals. She 
is an astute collecter of antiquities and very 
good company. She and I drove down to 
Sweet Briar together, and my husband Fritz 
arrived on Friday. He and I had spent a de- 
lightful evening at their home before re- 
union. We live about 35 m